The Car-makers compete in different segments. Hyundai and Honda are major competitors in the hatchback Sedan category. The last round went to Hyundai i20, which was more successful than Honda Jazz. The Jazz was a good car, but it failed to engage the vibes of an Indian market where low price plays a major role in decision-making. Being somewhat steep, it lost to i20.
To mend things up and accelerate the competition, the Jazz would be returned by mid 2014 in an improved avatar (but with a competitive price). Not to be behind, reports of Hyundai planning a new i20 for 2014 is also making its way to the internet. Although, the speculations seem greater on Jazz, yet i20 must be taking a recluse to come back with more news on its 2014 version.
Hyundai i20 News
From the available news, the Hyundai people can expect a bigger hatchback. The flowing design would remain the same, but the car would be bigger. However, an increase in engine efficiency is not in the news. The 1.2 l petrol and the 1.4 l diesel engine would continue in the present model. However, these are but speculations and subject to change.
From the available images of the camouflaged i20, nothing much is legible. This is probably because people are happily driving their Hyundais and are not planning to buy a new one in 2014. However, as more teaser information would be available, the demand for new i20 would also escalate positively. It would also depend on the value of information. Observers are keeping a close watch on the market.
Honda Jazz News
Comparatively, more information is available on the 2014 Honda Jazz than Hyundai’s i20. It is going to have an advanced Earth Dreams engine. These would be 1.5 l engine generating 128 PS. Reports of a separate 1.3 l engine are also coming out. According to the official statement of the company, the new Jazz would be a 35 % improved version of its previous model.
The car would also support a Sport Hybrid intelligent dual clutch drive and a dual clutch transmission calibrated to the engine at 7-speed. The Jazz would be able to provide three driving mode options, the engine mode, the hybrid mode and the pure EV mode. All these options definitely recognize the Jazz as a cool car of the near future.
Compare and Select
Comparing the reports, the automatic verdict as of now is for the Jazz. However, buyers are a little apprehensive about the pricing, so there is always the flexibility of buying the i20 if it offers a low priced deal like before. Understandably, this is the acid test for manufacturers also who have to interpret the dynamics of the complex Indian urban market.
Hatchbacks are the usual family cars and they have an extensive market. The success of the car would depend on the marketing. With the advertisements still to appear on the TV, it is too early to understand which car would generate more interest in the final stage, when both are out competing in the market.