IAB Picks – 6 B-Segment hatchbacks entering India soon

Posted on: Mar 14, 2014 - 6:43pm IST

In today’s feature story, we are throwing the spotlight on 6 B-Segment family hatchbacks that are expected to launch in India in the next 12-18 months. These B-Segment vehicles are all-new or variants and facelifts of currently running models. These form the core of the Indian auto market.

1. Honda Jazz

Honda will re-introduce the Jazz hatchback in the B+ segment in the first quarter of the next calender year. Unlike the older generation car which suffered poor sales from the absence of a diesel variant, the new Jazz, that launched in Japan last year as the ‘Fit’, would come with a diesel engine as the company now produces a 1.5-liter i-DTEC unit locally for the Amaze, City and the upcoming Mobilio models. This engine is expected to return a mileage of around 25 kmpl on the Jazz (judging by the fuel efficiency of the Amaze and City).

Honda Jazz front three quarter right live

Despite being 40 mm shorter than its predecessor, the new Jazz enjoys a 30.48 mm longer wheelbase, with a 121.98 mm improvement in rear legroom, and an increase in boot space of 138.7 liters (1,492 liter boot space when the rear seat is folded down).

The new Jazz is 26 kg lighter and its NVH and ride comfort are claimed to be better thanks to a more rigid body, revised suspension geometry and new rear dampers.

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6 thoughts on “IAB Picks – 6 B-Segment hatchbacks entering India soon

  1. Ravi says:

    Ground clearance is always an issue with companies like Honda, Ford and Hyundai. But Hyundai learned through their previous experience and recently launched products shows the improvements. Honda too is not bad. Example; Amaze i-dtec proved a lot. Expecting a ground clearance of 175 or more for new Jazz.

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  2. Jayan Rajan says:

    You guys missed to upcoming Hyundai i20

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  3. dinesh shekhar says:

    HI Mr. Bhargava,

    Thanks for your insight and the informative comment on Maruti Suzuki. What bothers me the fact that for a populist country like India, the tendency is always to flood with inferior products packed with outdated technology and features. While a number of global auto companies are at loss for their aimless strategy, when they think about India and launch a world class product, it is a guaranteed fact that they can find success. What the Innova is for Toyota and Swift/Alto for Suzuki, City for Honda are a few good examples. But with a product that was launched almost 10 years ago and found tremendous success, Suzuki should not think they can continue with the same success with some small facelifts ! While in Europe, the Swift comes with LED or Projector ights, 17″ alloys and with various engine options. Why it is not for India? If it is for huge investments, yes you will find huge sales also. Suzuki, wake up, it is high time!!

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    1. Bhargava says:

      Dear Mr. Shekhar,

      Well said and thank you for taking the time to read my post.

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  4. Jay says:

    Where is the upcoming next gen i20?

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  5. Bhargava says:

    Though the all-new third-generation Swift, with 1.2 L K-series petrol and 1.3 L DDiS engines was introduced in India during August 2011 – The Maruti Suzuki Swift was first launched in India in May 2005 with a 1.3-litre petrol engine. – There were no significant changes in Swift since it’s launch in 2005, except for few small changes.

    The Swift is present in some European and Asian countries and offers a wide range of options such as:

    a. 3 door and 5 door options
    b. CVT and AMT and Manual transmissions
    c. All-Wheel-Drive and Front Wheel Drive options
    d. All wheel Disc Brake option
    e. Petrol engines ranging from 1.2 L to 1.6 L
    f. 15 – 16 inch wheel options (17 inch as-well in a sports variant)
    g. Better body frame rigidity and strength characteristics

    Maruti Suzuki is currently considered as a market leader in Indian market place – and yet offers relatively out-dated and very basic variants in India. – A market leader should have an attitude of gratitude and should give back to the society in the form of best products and value. Power should never be abused or taken for granted.

    Today there are several global and few domestic manufacturers in India that offers far better cars – in terms better Design, better Innovation, better Value-for-Money and better Safety parameters than Suzuki does.

    The next-generation kids/young adults in India, unlike their predecessors, are more informed, have individualism and are smarter – and I hope these young consumers drives the Indian marketplace in the right direction.

    May the best man/entity win!!

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