The 2015 Honda Jazz, is based on the City’s platform, and hence shares many of its features and parts with the sedan. Be it the wing mirrors (with turn signals and power folding function), or the multifunction three-spoke steering wheel, the 15.7 cm touch-screen AVN (Audio Visual Navigation), or a touch panel for the automatic climate control, or even the 3-pod instrument cluster, the Jazz borrows several features from the City.
The official launch date of this car is July 8, 2015, Priced at Rs. 5-8 lakhs. It will be rivalled by the likes of Tata Bolt, Maruti Swift, VW Polo, Fiat Punto Evo, Hyundai Elite i20, and so on. Unlike the previous Jazz, Honda Cars India will not resort to premium pricing for the hatchback as localization levels have risen to a feasible 90%. The low development cost of the Jazz is also expected to be low, thanks to the sharing of platforms and parts with the City, which is 90% localized too.
2015 Honda Jazz
Tops in fuel efficiency- The diesel variant of the Honda is expected to come with an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 27.3km/l, which makes it the most fuel efficient vehicle in its segment. It is also India’s second most fuel efficient diesel passenger vehicle. The petrol variants promise class-leading economies of 19km/l with a CVT and 18.7 km/l with a manual gearbox.
Engine options- the Jazz 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol is equipped with the same engine as the Brio. However, for the former, this engine is dialled up to 90PS and 110Nm of torque, as compared to the Brio’s 88PS and 109Nm. The Jazz diesel gets the 1.5 litre Earth Dreams i-DTEC diesel engine which churns out 100PS and 200Nm of torque. It is identical to other Honda vehicles which use the engine.
Petrol gets a CVT with paddle shifters- buyers can expect the petrol variant of the Jazz to be accompanied by paddle shifters and is sure to appeal to those who seek a c city runabout. In its class, the Jazz and the Polo are the only vehicles to offer an automatic transmission, though the Polo sports a 7-speed DSG paired to a 1.2 litre TSI engine.
Variants- the Jazz will be launched in five variants each for the petrol and diesel fitted with a manual transmission. The petrol CVT though will be available in two variants only- S and V. The top end VX feature Honda’s Magic Seat, black upholstery, a touch-screen 15.7 cm infotainment system with navigation and DVD, reclining rear seats and a rear spoiler.
Bookings underway at all dealerships- Dealers of Honda Cars have officially started to accept bookings for the new Jazz for Rs. 51,000. Deliveries of the car will naturally follow for those who booked first.
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