Top 3 upcoming hatchbacks in early 2015
Honda Jazz – As confirmed by Honda Cars India’s President and CEO, Hiroshi Kanayama, new Honda Jazz will launch in India in March 2015. Based on new Honda City’s platform, 2014 Jazz hatchback would be intensely localised to ensure competitive price tag. One of the main reasons previous model couldn’t survive in the market was its high price, that led to discontinuation. With a good number of competitors such as new Maruti Swift, Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto Evo, Nissan Micra, Renault Pulse and Tata Bolt (upcoming), Honda better price the Jazz well.
New Honda Jazz has already made it to markets like Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The new model had its Indian premiere at Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year.
2014 Honda Jazz for India is expected to be powered by 1.2 litre four cylinder i-VTEC engine, producing 88 PS max power and 109 Nm peak torque, already doing duty in Brio. The premium B-segment hatchback will also get a diesel heart, from Amaze / City / Mobilio, that is a 1.5 litre i-DTEC unit pushing 100 PS and 200 Nm. Both versions will get 5 speed manual transmission, while petrol model may receive the 5-speed automatic gearbox seen in Brio AT.
Tata Bolt – Tata Bolt had its launch pushed to January 2015 for reasons unclear, otherwise, it was expected to hit showrooms soon after Tata Zest compact sedan started selling in August 2014. Txhe Vista derived Bolt hatchback will have same engine and very similar features to Zest.
Petrol version will be propelled by 1.2 litre Revotron turbocharged engine, that produces 85 PS and 140 Nm, mated to 5-speed manual transmission. Diesel variants will get Fiat-sourced 1.3 litre Multijet diesel motor, that churns out 75 PS and 190 Nm, also mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) is currently offered in Zest diesel. In case of Bolt, AMT is expected in petrol trim.
Highlights of Tata Bolt‘s interiors include three-spoke steering wheel with integrated audio controls, Harman In-Car Entertainment system with touchscreen display, smartphone connectivity and voice commands, and contrast dashboard shade.
Ford Figo – The next generation hatchback from Ford was debuted in Brazil (as Ford Ka), where it is enjoying tremendous response (7,000 bookings in a month into launch). In India, hatchback version will arrive after Figo sedan is launched, as a replacement to Ford Classic. Both will be built in Ford’s facility in Sanad, Gujarat, on same B2E platform that underpins Ford EcoSport.
New Ford Figo sedan is imported into India for R&D purpose, featuring all-new 1.19 litre version of 1.25 litre Sigma petrol engine, which could be used in both new Figo body types. It sports TiVCT (Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing). Another sample vehicle has arrived housing 1.5 litre Sigma petrol motor, also with TiVCT, that is already performing in Ford EcoSport. 2015 Ford Figo diesel version is expected to get 1.5 litre turbocharged diesel engine producing 89 bhp and 204 Nm.
Notable features offered in Brazilian version of Ford Figo includes 15 inch alloy wheels, remote flip key, adjustable steering (tilt & telescopic), three spoke steering wheel with audio controls, ICE with Bluetooth, USB connectivity and Ford SYNC, height adjustable driver seat, anti-theft alarm system and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).