Official: Honda to build Jazz based compact SUV; All New Jazz/Fit hatchback coming in 2013

Japanese automaker Honda will unleash an all New Jazz hatchback in 2013. The Jazz hatchback, also known as the Fit in many international markets is a popular B+ segment hatchback. The all new Jazz will be launched in 2013, after which the a compact SUV based on the Jazz platform will arrive. The compact SUV is expected to be launched within two years of the launch of the all new Jazz in 2013. So, about 2015 is when Honda could launch the compact SUV based on the Jazz. This crossover is expected to be aimed mainly at the European market, a market which is seeing a slew of compact crossovers being launched.

2012 Honda Jazz Si Hatchback

2012 Honda Jazz Si Hatchback used as an illustration

Expect the all new Jazz hatchback to come with both petrol and diesel power, with a hybrid model also quite likely. Given that Honda’s engineers in Japan are developing small capacity diesel engines for use in cars like the Brio and the Jazz, it is only a matter of time before the all new 2013 Jazz gets a turbo diesel engine under the hood. Since Honda has been selling the Jazz in India for the last few years, expect the all new model to also make it to the Indian car market, replete with the turbo diesel engine under its hood, the same manner in which it is expected to be available in the European market, which loves its diesels.

The 2015 Honda Jazz based compact SUV/Crossover will take on the likes of the Ford EcoSport, the Suzuki SX4 and the Peugeot 2008 crossover. All these crossovers are based on B-segment hatchbacks and share global platforms. Similarly, the next generation Jazz platform is also expected to be a global one. Also on the anvil is a replacement for the Honda City C-segment sedan that sells in India and many other South East Asian car markets. The all new City sedan is expected to be launched sometime in 2015 and could be based on the 2013 Jazz platform.

Expect both petrol and diesel engined variants of the City sedan given that the existing version of this car is expected to get a turbo diesel engine soon. All three products, the all new 2013 Jazz hatchback, the 2015 Jazz based Crossover and the 2015 All new City sedan, are expected to be launched in the Indian market given that Honda is increasing its focus on the high volume small car market of the country. We expect more details about the all new Jazz and the Jazz crossover to arrive in the next few months.

Source 4Traders

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