Honda Cars India has confirmed that the new Honda Jazz India launch will happen by July 2015. The production has already started and the latest spy shots from the company's new facility in Tapukara, Rajasthan show a number of cars parked in the stockyard.
There are rumours that more than 600 units of the car have been produced. The new Jazz is expected to be a competitive rival for the Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. In Honda's product portfolio, the new Jazz would sit between the Brio and the City, and most probably alongside the Amaze.
Quite similar to the City sedan, the flagship variant of the Jazz is adorned with premium features like:
- Touchscreen interface for auto climate control
- In-car entertainment system with USB/AUX/Bluetooth compatibility
- Reverse camera
- Audio controls on steering
- AC-vents at the rear
The new Honda Jazz is based on the same platform as the Honda City. It flaunts an all-new design, both on the interiors and the exteriors. It is however designed to maintain a little bit of the architecture of the City along with a slightly cab forward design.
As for the interiors, it shares quite a few panels, including the dashboard, with the City sedan. The body shell of the new Jazz is 15 mm longer and the wheelbase 30 mm longer than its predecessor. The images suggest that the higher variant of the car gets 5-spoke alloys, a roof-mounted antenna located at the front, blackened B-pillars, height-adjustable seat belts and a roof-mounted rear spoiler. Fog lamps and turn-indicators on the ORVMs have been left out. The Jazz will be available in six colours - White, Red, Silver, Titanium Metallic, Crystal Black and Carnelian Red.
Quite distinct from the last generation Jazz, which was sold only with a petrol engine, the new model will be launcehd in India with a modern oil-burner. The new Jazz is expected to be powered by the Brio's 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that develops 87 bhp and 109 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor from the Amaze and the City, which produces 98 bhp and 200 Nm of torque, is likely to be used as well. Honda has also imported a large number of CVT gearboxes from Indonesia, which suggests that an automatic variant will be available. Both the motors will come mated with a five-speed manual transmission. However, rumors has it that the company has also imported some CVT gearboxes, which are compatible with a 1.5-litre engine, leading to speculation that a more powerful RS version of the Jazz could be on the way.
As for the price, it is quite likely that the upcoming model would be sold in the estimated price range of Rs 5.5 lakhs-8 lakhs (ex-Showroom).
Production has commenced at the factory premises for the launch of the Jazz
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