Honda has launched limited-run Exclusive editions for three models in its India line-up – the Amaze compact sedan, WR-V crossover and Jazz premium hatchback. These special-edition models are visually different from the original models they are based on (inside and out) but are mechanically unchanged. At Rs 7.87-8.97 lakh, Rs 9.35-10.48 lakh and Rs 9.23 lakh, the Amaze, WR-V and Jazz Exclusive editions cost about Rs 13,000-19,000 more than their respective top variants.
For all three cars, the Exclusive edition is based on the respective car's top-spec variant – the WR-V VX MT the Amaze VX MT and the Jazz VX petrol-CVT. Honda’s 90hp, 1.2-litre petrol motor is shared between the three new models. The Amaze and WR-V Exclusive editions also get the option of a 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel motor. Interestingly, the manual-transmission Jazz is not on offer as an Exclusive edition. The equipment list and safety kit on the Exclusive models are shared with their range-topping counterparts.
In terms of updates, the Amaze Exclusive edition has black wheel-caps, unique seat covers, illuminated door sills, a sliding front armrest and console box, and a new logo. The exterior of the WR-V Exclusive edition gets a blackened rear spoiler with an LED light, unique body graphics and a new emblem, while the interior sports unique seat covers and illuminated door sills. The Jazz CVT Exclusive is equipped with black alloy wheels, a tailgate spoiler, body graphics and a new emblem on the outside and new seat covers and illuminated door sills on the inside. All three Exclusive edition models will only be available in two exterior paint options – “Radiant red” and “Orchid white”. The latter costs a Rs 4,000 premium over the former.
While a number of accessories on the Exclusive editions are dealer-fitted, some bits come straight from the Honda factory. Elements such as the Jazz’s alloy wheels will be fitted from the factory while the tailgate spoiler on the hatchback and its crossover sibling will be painted black by the dealer.
The special-edition models are expected to help Honda dealers increase sales of its models before the end of the financial year 2018-19. The Amaze has been seeing increasing competition from the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire (still the current segment-leader in sales) and recently launched Ford Aspire facelift, while the Jazz’s rivals – the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Hyundai i20 – were updated just a few weeks ago.
In coming weeks, the Japanese carmaker is expected to bring its all-new Civic executive sedan to our market to rival the likes of the Toyota Corolla Altis and Skoda Octavia.
(All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi)