Honda Cars India is reworking on its powertrain strategy. It is all set to introduce BS6 Honda Jazz Facelift and CR-V in petrol-only models. During 2019-20, the HCIL's overall sales contribution was almost 80 percent from petrol and 20 percent from diesel. Due to an increasing shift in market preference towards petrol, the company has strategically decided to offer diesel models in specific segments in line with customer demand. With the advent of BS6 Emission Norms, customers are increasingly opting for the petrol models. Thus, the company will be offering the BS6 Honda Jazz Facelift and CR-V in petrol variants only.
The current-gen Honda Jazz has been on sale since 2015 with a 1.2-litre petrol unit that's offered with manual transmission and CVT options, and a 1.5-litre diesel engine that comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Now with the implementation of stricter emission norms, the car is all set to discontinue its diesel variant. It will now be available with a BS6 compliant version of the1.2-litre petrol engine. Apart from this, the Honda Jazz Facelift is also expected to get mild cosmetic updates and additional comfort features. LED headlights are likely to be in the offering. The teaser of the updated Jazz Facelift was released prior to the lockdown. Honda had also disclosed that the model will not go on sale immediately due to the lockdown. The BS6 Honda Jazz will be competing against the likes of the premium hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, Toyota Glanza, Hyundai i20 and the new Tata Altroz in its segment.
Honda also recently removed CR-V diesel from the its official website. The SUV will now be available in a petrol variant only. The Fifth-Generation Honda CR-V was launched in October 2018 in India. Since its launch, the petrol CR-V has been offered as a 5-seater, while the diesel variant got the additional 3rd row making it a 7-seater SUV. Now with the diesel engine getting discontinued, Honda CR-V will be offered as a 5-seater premium SUV only. The model is offered in three trims namely petrol-CVT auto, diesel-auto and diesel-auto AWD. In January 2020, the CR-V was updated to meet the BS6 Emission Norms. It draws power from a 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine that produces 154 bhp power. The engine comes mated to a CVT auto gearbox. With the departure of the diesel engine, 2020 Honda CR-V will no longer be available with the option of an all-wheel-drive.
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