Making safety as priority over its lineup, the Japanese carmaker Honda cars has now equipped its premium hatchback Jazz with dual front airbags as standard on all trims. Earlier, base variants E and S were derived of these features; now changes will reflect right from the base till the top end VX trim. The addition of safety feature has resulted in rise in prices of Jazz by up to Rs. 12,000 across all the trims which now starts at an introductory price of Rs. 5.81 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
All the units of new Honda Jazz manufactured from November 2016 will come equipped with dual front airbags as standard. Besides, the premium hatch sports impact mitigation headrest, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD), pedestrian injury minimisers, engine immobilizer anti-theft system, multi view rear parking camera, etc.
The Honda Jazz comes with a 1.2l i-VTEC petrol mill that churns out 90PS of max output and 110Nm of peak torque along with a 1.5l i-DTEC diesel motor which can deliver 100PS power and 200Nm of torque. In the transmission segment, petrol is offered with both 5-speed manual and a CVT gearbox while diesel can be had only with a 5-speed manual transmission.
This move by Honda could be in line with the government of India’s call on equipping all new cars with dual front airbags as standard by October 2017. Thus number of carmakers has started making airbags as standard across it’s the entire range. Honda Jazz competitors Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Suzuki Baleno comes with dual front airbags as standard on all variants.