Honda Jazz is getting ready to foray into Indian B-segment again, and this time it could stay for long given the ability of car buyers to spend a bit more these days and the increase in local content compared to the last time Honda had the nameplate in the brochures here.
2014 Honda Jazz is anticipated to be offered with three engine options. Including 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine in the same 87 bhp, 109 Nm tune as in Brio and Amaze; more powerful 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol in 119 PS, 145 Nm tune and 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel in same 98 bhp, 200 Nm spec as in Honda City and Mobilio. Transmission options will include 5-speed manual and 6-speed manual for petrol and diesel variants respectively; top end version of Honda Jazz is expected to receive Continuously Varying Transmission (CVT) option with manual selection via Paddle Shifters (behind steering wheel).
Honda Jazz to be launched in India will have around 90 percent local content, which will help the Japanese automaker price the premium hatchback competitively against Hyundai i20. Other rivals are Maruti Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto Evo, upcoming Maruti YRA and the like.