Honda Cars India is all geared up to launch the much anticipated 2015 Honda Jazz. The new hatchback with notable features and styling borrowed from the City, the Jazz package should be a fairly attractive choice.
The Jazz/Fit made it to India by 2007 and continued production until 2014. Although an attractive car and despite it being the first hatchback model from the Japanese auto giant, the sales figures did not quite match up to the expectations of the manufacturer. The first generation Jazz in India came only with a petrol engine and did not boast of many swanky features. Later on, Honda added the Brio to the hatchback lineup and it has seen a relatively good response from the buyers. However, with much of the automotive giants betting big on the hatchback segment, Honda decided that it will have to put an end to the lack of its competitiveness by bringing in the all new Jazz. Not only does it look good but it also offers a whole host of features at an attractive (hopefully) price tag. The third generation Jazz went on sale in Japan as early as 2013 and featured a hybrid model as well. It later traveled to the US, Indonesia and finally India. This time though Honda has made a thoughtful step by offering both petrol and diesel variants.
Powering the petrol variant would be a 1.2 Litre i-VTEC engine that produces 88PS and 109Nm of Torque and comes in both manual and automatic (CVT) with paddle-shifters. The diesel however would be a 1.5 Litre i-DTEC engine made with EarthDreams technology and can produce up to 100PS and 200Nm of Torque mated to a manual transmission. Efficiency figures are said to be higher as claimed by Honda and the i-DTEC version will be posing as a direct competitor to the Swift Diesel. The new Jazz utilizing the existing platform of the City, might feel similar to existing Honda City users as many features have been borrowed from the City. Door mirrors with powerfold function and turn indication, the three spoke steering wheel and a touchschreen navigation system, touch sensitive climate control system besides the instrument cluster itself can be observed on the City too. However, a few knick-knacks such as the Keyless entry feature and Start/Stop button on the premium/top-end version seems left out even when they are found on the global models.
The new Jazz is certainly one to watch out for as it offers plenty of features with the quality of Honda's reputed petrol and powerful diesel engines. The paddle-shifters are certainly going to be a turn-on for many enthusiasts and such additions can never be found elsewhere in the hatchback category in India. Honda had recently revealed that localisation levels had reached almost 90% and it could be said that they have learned from the sales of the outgoing Jazz and so the new Jazz should be priced at an affordable range yet remaining competitive. Although the Jazz was destined to be launched in March, earlier this year, the new launch date is rumored to be in the first week of July.
The new Honda Jazz will be a promising competitor in the hatchback segment
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