Honda has said that all its new products will come with a choice of both petrol and diesel engines. And one of the most expected cars for next year is the new Honda Jazz. Yes, this versatile premium hatchback will be back! And this time in diesel and a lower sticker price.
Photos of the new 2014 Honda Fit / Jazz have appeared on the Internet and from what we can see, the new Honda Jazz, which is scheduled to be made in India next year is a winner in terms of looks. Ok, perhaps some bits of it are overdone, but maybe Honda India may set that right to suit tastes locally. Also read: Honda to launch five cars by 2016, all with diesel engines
The new 2014 Honda Jazz as seen in the leaked brochures comparing the present Jazz (that was just discontinued in India) with the new Jazz show that the new Jazz has been inspired by several of its siblings in the Honda family. Take the front for instance – it looks quite a bit like the City / Civic, and unmistakably Honda, with the sleek headlamps and sharp grille. At the rear, the tail-lamps look inspired from the new Honda CR-V’s lamps. The car has got even more space on the interiors, with more headroom, legroom and rear seat space. Also see: Images of upcoming Honda SUV leaked
Honda is planning to locally manufacture the car at its new plant in Tapukara in Rajasthan. This was the shortcoming of the old Jazz – Honda just could not make enough of the cars to cater to market demands. That’s because Honda was assembling the Jazz in Greater Noida from kits shipped in from Thailand. With increased localization, costs too would come down. Also read: Honda plans smaller diesel engine to power future small cars
The new Honda Jazz will get the same 1.5 litre iDtec diesel engine that powers the Honda Amaze. It will also probably have the same 1.2 litre petrol engine that it had earlier (with a few updates) and which currently power the Honda Amaze petrol and Honda Brio hatchback. The new Honda Jazz is likely to be positioned between the Honda Brio and the Honda Amaze, although there will be a fair bit of price point overlap between the Jazz and the Amaze. It would be interesting to see how buyers would react to this. The Jazz is a practical, versatile hatchback with plenty of space, while the Amaze is a compact sedan. Also read: Five practical cars that should be launched in India
Which would you pick?