IAB Picks – 6 B-Segment hatchbacks entering India soon
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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).
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.