Honda Cars India’s has confirmed that the 2015 Jazz hatchback will arrive into India in March 2015. The car, which was discontinued from the Indian market in 2013, is scheduled to make a reappearance after a couple of summers, albeit in a new generation to boot. The third generation Honda Jazz platform has already made an appearance in India, in the form of the ultra-successful City sedan. In that light, the Jazz is actually the second car to use the new-Jazz platform in the Indian market.
In its second coming, Honda will add a turbo diesel engine to the Jazz’s line up in India. The 1.5 liter-4 cylinder, all aluminium i-DTEC engine will be the diesel motor in question. Expect the 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm outputs, seen on the likes of the Amaze, City and Mobilio, to be continued on the Jazz as well. Honda is likely to stick to a 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol motor (87 Bhp-108 Nm) – found on the Brio and Amaze Petrols – on the petrol variants of the Jazz in order to reap excise duty benefits.
Manual and automatic gearboxes are likely to be offered on the petrol powered variants while the diesel engined models will make do with a manual gearbox. A high amount of localization is expected to see the 2015 Jazz hatchback being priced competitively as Honda has now begun pricing its products sharply by doing away with its previous policy of “premium pricing”.
The 2015 Jazz will continue to operate in the B+ segment hatchback space and will be the second hatchback in Honda’s line up, after the Brio. Competition for the 2015 Jazz in India, will come from the likes of the upcoming Hyundai i20 Elite, the Polo GT Twins and the Maruti Suzuki YRA (due for a late-2015 launch) premium hatchbacks. The Jazz (2nd generation) was first launched in India in June 2009, six months after the Hyundai i20 entered India and kickstarted the premium hatchback category.