Official photos of the new Honda Jazz that will be launched in India in 2014 have been revealed. The car will be launched in India in the first half of 2014 and will come with petrol and diesel engine options. The car will go on sale in Japan next month.
The Jazz appears to have grown in size, although it will just about touch the 4-metre mark, making it one of the most spacious hatchbacks around given its cab-forward design and Honda’s “man maximum, machine minimum” design philosophy. The wheelbase too has been apparently extended and this would lead to even better legroom and seating space inside. Also read: New Honda Jazz with diesel engine to launch in 2014 – photos leaked
Fresh, attractive design
The outgoing Jazz had one of the roomiest cabins around with a huge boot that could swallow up to 366 litres of luggage. That’s more than what some compact sedans could handle. The seats could fold in multiple ways allowing flexibility of space. This feature will continue on the new Jazz.
The styling appears to have changed for the better. The headlamps and grille now look similar to the new Honda City and Civic, keeping the family look. Sharp creases along the side break the monotony of the design in profile, while at the rear, the tail-lamps look similar to the ones found on the new CR-V, again keeping with the family look. This kind of a design is likely to be well received by Indians, as it looks sporty and has a passing resemblance to an MPV/SUV design. Also see: Images of upcoming Honda SUV leaked
The dashboard has been completely redesigned and is now even more driver focussed. The Japanese edition gets a touchscreen navigation system, which may be an option offered in India as well. The car you see in the picture is an automatic and also features Honda’s “Econ” button for better fuel efficiency. Automatic climate control and push-button ignition also appear to be on the features list, but may or may not make it to the Indian edition. (None of the Honda cars priced below Rs. 10 lakh have these features in India). Also read: Honda to launch five cars by 2016, all with diesel engines
The Jazz is likely to sport the same 1.2 litre petrol engine in the interest of excise duty laws, developing 87 bhp of power. It will also come with the 1.5 iDtec diesel engine putting out 98.6 bhp (100PS) of power like the Honda Amaze. Honda may also offer an automatic transmission option with the petrol version of the Jazz, while the diesel will get a five-speed manual transmission. Also read: Honda plans smaller diesel engine to power future small cars
Where will the new Honda Jazz fit in?
The issue would be in positioning the new Jazz in India, given that the brilliantly priced Honda Amaze has taken up the sweet spot in the price band that the Jazz could operate in. The Honda Jazz shares a lot of its underpinnings with the City unlike the Amaze, which is based on the Brio. So theoretically, the Jazz should be positioned above the Amaze (with some degree of overlap), but given the hierarchy of hatchbacks vs sedans in the Indian context, it could repeat what was the Jazz’s initial failing of being too expensive for its segment. Also read: Five practical cars that should be launched in India
What would you be willing to pay for a car like this?