Japanese automaker Honda has made the Brazilian version of the Jazz look much more muscular than ever before by giving it a crossover treatment. The Jazz, which is also known at the Fit in many markets across the globe uses the Fit moniker in Brazil. The crossover variant of the Fit is now called the Fit Twist. The changes to this car are purely cosmetic in nature, with a range of add-ons to make the Brazilian Fit look like a crossover. The front wheel driven Fit Twist gets new body cladding, a new front end, new front and rear bumpers, taller wheels, smoked headlamps and clear lens tail lamps.
Apart from the flurry of changes, the Fit Twist pretty much remains the same car under the skin with no changes to the suspension. So, the ride height of the car pretty much remains the same and so does the ground clearance. Honda Brazil says that the ground clearance/ride height of the Fit Twist has not been tampered with in order to retain the car’s sharp handling. The Fit Twist is powered by a 1.5 Liter-4 Cylinder i-VTEC petrol that comes with the option of running on ethanol-petrol flex fuel and petrol.
The engine churns out 115 Bhp of peak power and 140 Nm of peak torque, outputs similar to that of the India-spec Honda City sedan, which also uses the same engine. The Fit Twist is a Brazil only model. So, folks hoping for the India-Spec Jazz to get a rugged makeover like the Fit Twist will be disappointed to hear this. That said, Honda does have plans to build a crossover based on the Jazz platform in the coming years. This crossover, which will challenge the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster is expected to be available in petrol and diesel engined options.
India is a possible destination for the Jazz based crossover, as and when it is launched globally. Honda sells the Jazz hatchback in India as a premium hatchback positioned against the likes of the Maruti Swift and the Hyundai i20. The Jazz that is sold in India sells in small numbers as it is a petrol-only car model while the competition offers a range of turbo diesel engines. That said, the Jazz is the most spacious premium hatchback in India and comes with versatile interiors. This makes the Jazz one of the best options for folks looking at a petrol powered premium hatchback.