Japanese car maker Honda is likely to launch the Jazz B+ segment hatchback only early next year. With a full year to go before the hatchback will roll onto Indian streets, the Japanese car maker has plenty of time for some real world testing in India. Meanwhile, the 2014 Jazz was spotted outside a Honda dealership. The car in question seems to be a display model given that it featured the Jazz moniker emblazoned on the number plate.
The usual garb of camouflage was absent as the car has already been revealed at multiple events across the globe including India’s very own 2014 Auto Expo. The car is based on an all-new platform, which it shares with the likes of the City sedan and the Vezel crossover.
The Jazz is likely to be offered with two engine options, a 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol (87 Bhp-110 Nm) and a 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel (98.6 Bhp-200 Nm) motors. The petrol engine has been on offer on the previous generation Jazz and is currently used on two cars, the Amaze and the Brio, while the 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine does duty on the Amaze and the City.
Expect manual and automatic gearbox options on the petrol engined Jazz while the diesel powered model is likely to make do with a manual gearbox. The new Jazz retains its man-maximum-machine-minimum design philosophy and puts space maximization and versatility at the forefront.
A centrally mounted fuel tank, magic seats, increased legroom, additional width, and a longer wheelbase despite featuring a shorter overall length makes the Jazz more practical than ever before. The 3rd generation car model will take on the likes of the Hyundai i20, whose next-gen variant will be in India by the year end, and the Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Expect the 2014 Jazz to be priced well as Honda’s focus has now shifted to increasing the amount of localization on all products sold in India. The Brio, Amaze and City come with high localization levels, a factor that has allowed Honda to price these cars competitively.
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