Honda Cars India Limited, the fully owned subsidiary of the Japanese automaker is currently planning to introduce the 2014 version of Jazz in the country. This time, the company is considering to launch the vehicle with both petrol and diesel engine option. However, there is no official confirmation from the car maker regarding the exact launch date of this hatchback. It is rumored that the vehicle will arrive with a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre, i-DTEC diesel engine, which are already performing duties for other models in the market. Its i-VTEC engine is expected to come with both manual and automatic transmission options, while the diesel version is expected to arrive with either 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission option. The best part about this hatch is its aerodynamic body structure that has created a buzz across the automobile market. Although, this hatch will have the same body panel like its predecessor, it comes with next generation cosmetics, which makes it look stunning. As far as the interiors are concerned, this model is expected to come with a versatile interior design with luxurious seating arrangement. Its international version sports ergonomically designed seats, which are covered with premium quality fabric upholstery. However, market sources believe that the Indian version might feature a leather seating option as well, which will make it more competitive in the segment. At present, there is no information regarding the safety and comfort features of this model series, but sources believe that the vehicle will come with all the aspects that are present in their Amaze compact sedan. Hence, we can expect standard features like a proficient AC unit, power steering, all four power windows, parking assist function, a 2-DIN music player and several other such aspects. As far as the safety aspects are concerned, this model might feature dual front SRS airbags, Wave key function, ACE body structure and numerous sophisticated aspects, which are standard in most of their models.
The main highlight of this upcoming hatch is its aerodynamic body structure that explains about the design language of brand Honda. To start with its front, its windscreen is larger while its bonnet is quite small, which makes it look distinct. Its radiator grille is fitted with an expressively designed slat that is embossed with company's insignia. It is surrounded by aggressively sculptured headlight cluster, which is equipped with halogen headlamps and turn indicators. The front bumper is quite large and is designed with a large air intake console and a pair of air ducts, which gives a bold appeal to the front. Its side profile has an urbane body structure featuring expressive lines all over. Its external wing mirrors and the ORVM caps are in body color, while its B-pillars have glossy black finish. We can expect the wheel arches to be fitted with a set of either alloy wheels or steel wheels depending upon the trim level. Coming to the rear end, this hatch has a distinct body structure that is fitted with refreshing cosmetics. Its taillight cluster comes equipped with high intensity lamps along with courtesy lights and turn indicators. Its body colored bumper has a pair of air ducts and has expressive lines, which gives a sporty appeal to the rear. It also has a wide windscreen that is accompanied with a demister and a wiper as well. In addition to this, its rear has a spoiler that is integrated with a third brake light, which further adds to its elegance. The overall look of this hatch is complimented by the chrome plated applique fitted to the tailgate, which is engraved with the company's badge.
This upcoming hatchback is expected to come with same dimensions like the international version. Hence, we can expect the length to be 3920mm along with a width of 1695mm (excluding the ORVMs). At the same time, its height is expected at 1525mm and the ground clearance to be under 170mm. On the other hand, we can expect the vehicle will arrive with a large wheelbase of 2500mm, which makes the cabin spacious.
Ed's take : The interiors of the Jazz have been revamped. It is still spacious and flexible in design and the instrument panel is contemporary.
The interiors of this upcoming hatch are expected to be in a two tone color scheme featuring a lot of metallic and chrome inserts. The best part about this hatch is its ample leg and shoulder space, which provides luxurious seating for at least five passengers. The front seats are ergonomically designed, which are further incorporated with head restraints and lumbar support. The driver seat is expected to have electrically adjustable function while the rear seats are mostly likely to have 60:40 split folding facility . We can expect the seats to be covered in either fabric or leather upholstery depending upon the trim level. The dashboard is sleekly structured and is equipped with numerous utility based features like a glove box unit, air conditioning system and a music system. It also features an instrument panel that comes equipped with functions including a tachometer, dual trip meter, fuel gauge and several other warning lights. The steering wheel along with instrument cluster rings and the dashboard gets a lot of silver inserts that accentuates the cabin. Its three spoke steering wheel is covered with leather upholstery and equipped with multi-functional switches. The overall look of the interior is quite simple yet very attractive owing to its neat fit and finish.
At present, it is difficult to talk about the comfort features of this hatch as the company is still considering to launch the vehicle. It is already available in a few international markets with ample set of comfort features. However, we can expect some important features like an air conditioning system with climate control function, magic front seats, power windows with driver's side auto down function, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, driver's seat height adjuster, head restraints, rear center armrest with cup holder and numerous other important features. Apart from these, it might also have features like cruise control system, rear parking sensors, 60:40 split folding seats, power steering with tilt and telescopic function, remote fuel lid and tailgate opening. In addition to these, there can be a rear wiper with washer, defogger with timer, digital clock, cup holders, magazine pockets, bottle holders, seat back pockets and several other such necessary aspects.
There is no official information from the company regarding the interior dimensions of this hatchback. However, market experts believe that the company will bring the same hatch that is available in other car markets. In this case, it will come with a front cabin headroom of 985mm and a shoulder room of 1450mm. Its rear cabin has a shoulder space of 1250mm, which should provide comfortable seating for at least five passengers.
|Habanaro Red||Alabaster Silver||Deep Sea Blue||Tafeta White||Crystal Black Pearl||Sherbet Blue|
|All these colors are available with all three variants of Honda Jazz|
The petrol version of Honda Jazz is likely to be powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine, which will be available with both manual and automatic transmission options. This engine helps the vehicle to reach a top speed in the range of 140 to 155 Kmph. At the same time, it allows the vehicle to breach 100 Kmph mark in just a matter of 13 to 14 seconds . On the other hand, its 1498cc based i-DTEC diesel motor is expected to arrive with either a 5-speed or 6-speed manual transmission gearbox options. This engine helps the vehicle to breach the 100 Kmph mark in approximately 13 seconds. It also helps the vehicle to achieve a top speed in the range of 150 to 155 Kmph, which is quite remarkable.
Ed's take : The performance of the diesel engine is good, especially if Honda retains the 100bhp on it. This will also be the fastest diesel hatchback atleast on paper.
Many experts believe that the car maker can roll out this Honda Jazz hatch with both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version is most likely to be equipped with a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC power plant that comes with programmed fuel injection system . This 1198cc motor has 4-cylinders and 16-valves, but it still comes with a single overhead camshaft valve configuration. This power plant has the ability to churn out 86.7bhp at 6000rpm that yields in a peak torque output of 109Nm at just 4500rpm. This motor is expected to be made available with both manual and automatic transmission gearbox option, which will transmit the torque to its front wheels. On the other hand, the diesel version will be equipped with a 1.5-litre, i-DTEC diesel motor that comes with a common rail direct fuel injection system. This motor is based on a DOHC valve configuration with 4-cylinders and 16-valves that displaces 1498cc. It has the ability to produce a maximum power of 98bhp at 3600rpm that results in a peak torque output of about 200Nm at just 1750rpm. Experts believe that this engine could be paired with either a 6-speed or 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, which helps the vehicle to deliver a peak mileage of 25.8 Kmpl.
Ed's take : Honda will plonk the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines in the Jazz.
As said above, this model series is expected to come with both diesel and petrol engine options. The diesel version will host a 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor that is incorporated with common rail direct injection system. It is considered as the most fuel efficient engine in its class as can deliver a mileage in the range of 23 to 25.8 Kmpl, which is quite impressive. On the other hand, the petrol version is most likely to be fitted with a 1.2-litre, i-VTEC engine that comes with a programmed fuel injection system. This motor is capable of producing a minimum of 15 Kmpl on city roads, while delivering a maximum of 18 Kmpl on the highways.
According to the speculations, this model is expected to come with petrol and diesel engine options. Its diesel version is expected to come with an i-DTEC power plant that displaces 1498cc. It is capable of producing a maximum power of 98bhp that results in a peak torque of about 200Nm, which is remarkable. On the other hand, its petrol version is expected to host a 1198cc , i-VTEC engine, which is currently powering the Amaze and Brio hatch. This engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 86.7bhp that yields in a peak torque output of 109Nm, which is quite good.
Ed's take : The Jazz might be loaded with touch-screen system, climate control and several other features.
Like any other Honda model, this hatchback is expected to come with a sophisticated stereo system. Its base variants are expected to have a 1-DIN music player with CD/MP3 player along with radio, while the top end variants might feature a 2-DIN stereo system. It is also expected to feature USB/AUX-In ports along with an SD card slot. In addition to these, we can also expect Bluetooth connectivity, which will further add to the luxury.
Ed's take : The handling of the Jazz is decent. We drove the 1.5-litre petrol, which isn’t coming to India, but still the chassis is the same.
Its front axle is most likely to be fitted with McPherson Strut type of system, while the rear axle can get a robust torsion beam type of mechanism. As far as braking is concerned, its front wheels might be paired with a proficient ventilated disc brakes, while the rear wheels can get a set of high performance drum brakes. This braking combination will be further enhanced by anti lock braking system in combination with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist function. On the other hand, we can also expect for the electronic power steering system, which will provide excellent response depending upon the speed levels.
Ed's take : The safety features on the Jazz include airbags and ABS.
There is no information regarding the safety and protective aspects of this upcoming hatchback. It is learnt that the vehicle will arrive with important safety aspects like airbags, 3-point ELR seatbelts, a dual horn, side impact protection, tubeless radial tyres and several other such aspects. We can also expect features like an advanced engine immobilizer, which can keep the vehicle safe from unauthorized access. In addition to these, it could come with features like Wave key function, ACE body structure, high mount stop lamps, ABS with EBD and several other important aspects.
Its base variants are most likely to be offered with a set of conventional 14-inch steel wheels, while the top end variants are expected to get 15-inch alloy wheels . These rims will be covered with a set of high performance tubeless radial tyres that provides excellent grip on roads.
1. Aerodynamic body structure with dynamic cosmetics.
2. Ample interior space is its advantage.
3. Comfort features are at par with its other competitors.
4. Diesel engine performance and fuel efficiency is impressive.
5. After sales service network is good.
1. Price range can be more competitive.
2. Petrol engine fuel economy can be made better.
3. There is still scope to improve interior design.
4. Lack of touchscreen display is a minus.
5. Ground clearance can be improved.
Honda Cars India are mulling over to defer the launch of new Honda Jazz to next year. Showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, it was scheduled to enter this fiscal year but it may get derailed as Honda says. Having said that, expect the new hatch to launch in the first half of 2015! The company stated that their current hot selling models - City, Amaze and recently launched Mobilio MPV demands are exceeding their expectations, they even started second shift recently at the Tapukara plant to reduce City’s waiting period.
Honda revealed the images of new Jazz prototype which will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show starting from the 4th October, 2014. The prototype model boasts new modern design with increased external dimension. The length is increased by 15mm while the wheelbase is extended by 30mm, which in turn makes the cabin spacious. As seen in the prototype, the new model is supposed to get a sporty and sleek design. The car will first be made available in European markets by mid 2015 and will later make its way to Indian auto markets.
The recently concluded 12th Edition of Auto Expo'14 has witnessed a couple of new hatchbacks which are slated to be launched this year. While the Japanese carmaker Honda will launch the new generation Jazz, the homegrown automaker Tata Motors will introduce all-new Bolt hatchback. Moreover, Datsun Go will go on sale in March'2014, while the production of the hatchback has already been started.
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