Honda’s new generation Jazz hatchback has already entered production at the company facility in Tapukara, Rajasthan. Slated for launch in a few months, the company is readying ample stocks of the car so as to speed up deliveries and reduce waiting periods.
Honda new gen Jazz which for the first time will be launched in both petrol and diesel engine options is expected to add more buzz to their growth. Honda is currently the fastest growing passenger car manufacturer in the country, and with the launch of new Jazz, the Japanese brand would want to continue their growth trajectory. For March 2015, the company registered their highest sales ever in India – 22,696 units, while their growth rate for FY2014/15 stood at 41%.
Showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, the new Jazz will be powered by a 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel engine offering 99 bhp peak power and 200 Nm peak torque while its petrol engine will either be a 1.2 liter i-VTEC offering 87 bhp power and 115 Nm torque (as seen on Brio and Amaze), or 1.5l iVTEC offering 117 hp and 145 Nm torque (as seen on City and Mobilio). Both engines will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox while the petrol engine could also receive a 5 speed automatic.
The third generation Jazz hatchback, once officially launched will compete with Hyundai Elite i20, VW Polo and upcoming Maruti YRA. It will boast of comfortable and spacious interiors; a new instrument panel and central console while interiors will be in a dual colour finish. Premium features will include steering mounted audio controls, music system integrated with CD and MP3 player while power windows are seen at the front and rear. Exteriors will be sharp with distinctive headlights, grille with the Honda logo and halogen and fog lamps.
Unlike last time, where the Jazz was over-priced due to low local content, this time Honda Cars India have made sure that the car is high on local content, thereby keeping price competitive. Expect a price range of Rs 5 – 8 lakhs.