After releasing the teaser image for its next generation Jazz in India, Honda seems to be making more efforts to woo Indian customers before the car officially rolls out in the market. In the same spree, the carmaker has supplied the vehicle to the dealerships across the country. It is already revealed that Honda will officially launch this car on 8th July and has high hopes to make a strong comeback in premium hatch segment in India. Looking at the car standing at Honda showrooms, it is pretty clear that a complete makeover has been endowed to this small car, which could not taste the success in its previous attempt.
The 2015 Jazz variant is indeed an updated car with the same design cues inherited from City sedan. The substantial black grille adorned with chrome embellishment and swept back headlamps add the elegance to the car. In addition to this, the lower air-dam with honeycomb pattern on it looks nice and the fog lamps with trapezoids covering give some more reasons to appreciate the beauty.
Coming to the side profile, it carries the same distinctive appearance as seen in the City. The rear end of the car is largely the same as the outgoing model except the presence of vertical reflectors placed at the sides of windscreen and a chunky chrome lining across the boot, defogger and rear wiper. In terms of the dimensions, Jazz measures 3,955mm in length, 1,702mm in width and 1524mm in height, that makes it 17mm less in length, 8 mm big in width, than the outgoing model. Besides this, the wheelbase in new Jazz is also enlarged to 2,530mm as compared to the 2500 mm in the previous model.
Talking about the interiors in new Honda Jazz, the car features black interiors with beige colour seats and door pad inserts along with delicate silver accents around the instrument cluster and steering wheel. As the car gets most of the features from City sedan, it is likely to have similar features as City like touch-screen infotainment system and climate control.
As far as price is concerned, the upcoming Jazz is expected to be priced in the range of Rs. 5 - Rs. 5.5 lac for the base model. In its previous inning, Honda made a mistake by importing most of the Jazz parts that put the car in high price bracket but in its upcoming variant, the car would be carrying 90% localized components that would make it economical to take home. As a result of the reduced price tag, it will lock horns with Elite i20, VW Polo and large impact on Maruti Swift as well.
Mechanically, the 2015 Jazz will be carrying the same 1.2 litre engine unit as available in Amaze and Brio. On the diesel front, the car will get similar 1.5 litre mill, which powers Mobilio, Amaze and City sedan. The diesel unit will churn out maximum power output of 100 PS and peak torque of 200Nm, while the petrol mill can muster 87bhp power and 109 Nm of torque. With these power figures, the Jazz will indeed be a good pick among the hatches available in the country.
Looking at Honda’s effort to launch Jazz with great enthusiasm and caution, it is pretty clear that the Japanese carmaker is betting quite high on this premium car. It is to see whether this car would be able to repeat the success of City and Amaze sedans in the country or will it also lose the shine like its ancestor. Well let the car come to the market before we make any assumption regarding the outcome of Honda’s effort.