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June 24, 2015: Honda dealers have started taking advance booking for company's upcoming premium hatch, Jazz. The car can now be booked at an upfront payment of Rs 21,000. Also, Honda has now officially announced that they will launch the car on 8th July. The Jazz now in its third generation, is getting a fuel efficient 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine along with the potent 1.2-litre petrol mill. The new hatch will borrow the City's 6-speed manual transmission and will be paired with the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. Earlier last week, we spied the interiors of Honda Jazz and this time on the shots reveal a touchscreen infotainment system unit with SatNav along all-black interiors of the top-end variant of the hatch. The City inspired dash features the same infotainment screen with Dolby Surrounds and DVD compatibility. Earlier, we showed the very first interior spy shots of the upcoming Honda Jazz, the company will re-launch the hatch on July 8th, 2015 and bookings are expected to start next month. The cabin is similar to that of the City while the rumored steering mounted paddle shifters are now confirmed with the spy shots. Speaking of the engines, the petrol variants will be powered with a 1.2-litre engine, good for 90PS of peak power and 109Nm of torque. The diesel engine will be the same 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine that powers all the Hondas currently. It will continue to make 100PS of power and 200Nm of max torque. Moreover, automatic transmission with paddle shifters will be mated with the petrol only.
Honda Motors has firmly established itself in many global markets. It is famous for their brilliant fleet of cars with reliable engines. Honda Jazz is one of their much-awaited hatchback, which will be launched on the 8th of July. According to the pictures splashed on the various automobile websites, it has an aerodynamic body structure along with an attractive front, side, and rear profile. As per the latest news, the company has started the production and its bookings also might be opened soon. To begin with its front fascia, it has black slatted radiator grille including a horizontally positioned chrome strip. It is embedded with a prominent company insignia in the center. Surrounding this grille is a bright headlight cluster that is anticipated to come with high-intensity headlamps and side turn indicator. On the sides, it is said to have an attractive set of alloy wheels that are further covered with radial tubeless tyres, body colored external wing mirrors, door handles and so on.
On the other hand, as per rumors, this upcoming hatchback is going to be launched with a diesel engine only. It is expected to be incorporated with the same 1.5-litre diesel mill, which is already prevalent in a couple of other cars from their stable. It is expected that this motor will churn out about 99.6bhp of power and 200Nm of torque output. This engine is likely to be paired with a six speed manual transmission gearbox, which will distribute the engine power to its front wheels. It will certainly have an advanced braking mechanism along with a proficient suspension system. Once it arrives in the market, it will compete against the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Maruti Swift, Fiat Punto Evo, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Figo and others in this segment.
This hatchback is anticipated to come with a roomy internal cabin with a wider distance between the two rows of seat. It might be decorated in a two tone color scheme and could also have a multi functional steering wheel with various control buttons mounted on it. While the center console and dashboard should be getting chrome inserts for added class. The fuel tank is said to be repositioned than its earlier version, so it results in more head, knee and foot space for the occupants. It is also expected to come with various innovative aspects that will ensure a great comfort while traveling. Some of these include the well cushioned seats with integrated headrests, automatic air conditioning unit, sun visors with driver side vanity mirror, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, foldable rear seat to increase boot space and many other aspects as well. Apart from these, its door trims seem to have storage space, whereas the instrument cluster looks just eye catching with various functions (according to the pictures). This new model might also feature an advanced infotainment system to keep its passengers entertained all through the way. Not only this, one can also expect this model series with magic seats, which can also be tumbled for better cargo room. This automobile manufacturer has always offered its vehicles with crucial safety aspects that provide maximum protection to the occupants as well as the vehicle. Therefore, one can certainly expect this model to have such vital features that will keep its occupants safe all through their journey. This list might include aspects like seat belts for all occupants, whiplash protection, central locking system, airbags for driver and co-passenger, anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and a few others.
According to the photos on major automobile websites, this yet to be launched model series has an attractive yet compact body structure, which is simply striking. To begin with, its front fascia is designed with an attractive radiator grille, which has a thick black slat along with a chrome lining. At the center of this grille, a prominent logo of the company is also embossed, which gives a distinct look to the frontage. This grille is surrounded by a well designed headlight cluster, which is expected to be integrated with bright projector headlamps that will give great visibility ahead and a side turn indicator as well. Not sure, but this hatchback might also include daytime running lights in the top end variants. Just below this, it also has a body colored bumper, which houses a large air intake section for cooling the engine. The air dam of top end variant is flanked by a couple of round shaped fog lamps. Also, the bumper might have a protective cladding fitted beneath it, which will prevent the vehicle from minor damages. Then, there is a sleek bonnet, which has a couple of expressive lines. The windscreen is pretty wide and is equipped with a pair of intermittent wipers. After seeing the pictures, it seems that the designers have done a fabulous job for giving the side profile a lustrous look. It is designed with some character lines and black finished B-pillars. While the outside rear view mirrors as well as door handles might be painted in body color. These external wing mirrors are expected to come with electrically adjustable function and integrated with a side turn blinker. Its flared up wheels arches are expected to come with a choice of steel or alloy wheels. These rims would be further covered with radial tubeless tyres, which should give a superior road grip. Coming to its rear end, this upcoming vehicle might feature a radiant tail light cluster that is expected to be powered by halogen based reverse and brake lights along with the indicator. The large boot lid might emboss with company's insignia and a chrome strip. The bumper is expected to be painted in body color and would have a pair of reflectors. Its large windshield may come along with a defogger as well as wash and wipe functions. It is also expected to have a sporty rear spoiler, which is integrated with a high mounted stop lamp.
In terms of dimensions, this vehicle might come with a total height of 1524mm along with a length of 3996mm, which is rather good. Meanwhile, it may have an overall width of 1694mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. Its minimum ground clearance is said to have about 165mm. In addition to this, its wheelbase might measure around 2530mm that will ensure a spacious cabin inside.
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.
Looking at its photographs, one can expect the interiors of this compact hatchback to be quite elegant and spacious at the same time. It will certainly be incorporated with a number of standard aspects, which should give the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. It is expected that the company will give this hatchback a dual tone internal section and seems to be complimented by a bit of chrome inserts on AC vents, steering wheel, and gear shift knob. The dashboard in its cockpit seems to be very well designed and integrated with some interesting equipment. These might include a trendy instrument cluster with various functions, air vents, which are chrome accentuated, a large glove box, where one can keep a few things at hand and a multi-functional steering wheel with a company insignia in the center. Not only this, the center console is anticipated to come equipped with an air conditioning unit as well as a music system, which will add to the entertainment quotient. The glove box also seems to be quite spacious and one can put a lot of things at hand. It might be offered with a few storage spaces along with a spacious boot compartment for storing a lot of luggage. The cabin is expected to be incorporated with well cushioned seats that are ergonomically designed and covered with premium upholstery. As per the news available on various websites, the driver's seat will have the option to be adjusted electrically, while the rear seats will be foldable and have proper lumbar support as well. The seats incorporated inside seems to provide very good comfort to the passengers and these would be probably covered integrated with adjustable head restraints. The foldable assist grips might also be provided for added convenience. In addition to these, the center console is also expected to be equipped with a couple of 12V power socket for charging mobiles and other electronic devices.
This yet to be launched vehicle is expected to be blessed with a number of comfort features, which will certainly give the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. It is said to be equipped with an efficient air conditioning unit using which, the temperature inside can be regulated as required. It might be fitted with a cluster ionizer and pollen filter also. The advanced instrument cluster would be integrated with a lot of functions that further turns out useful in giving updates about the vehicle's status. The list of features may include a low fuel warning light, driver seat belt reminder notification, an electronic tripmeter, a tachometer, a digital clock, external temperature display, digital odometer and many other warning and notifications. Also, it would have all four power operated windows, whose switches are mounted on the driver's side door armrest. According to the news, it might get a 15.7cm touchscreen infotainment system, which is borrowed from the relavent Honda City sedan series. It will be bestowed with a satellite based voice guided turn by turn navigation along with Bluetooth and audio streaming. This music system may feature a CD/DVD and MP3 playback, USB interface, Aux-in port and radio with AM/FM tuner. The steering wheel should be getting direct controls of audio and calls along with cruise control mounted on it. Besides these, the firm may offer it with an electrically adjustable driver seat that will add to the advantage. Apart from these, it might also include a few other aspects like cup holders, a center armrest, seat integrated headrests, glove box compartment, inside rear view mirror and some utility based features that adds to their convenience.
This upcoming hatchback seems quite good in terms of its interior dimensions and this indicates that it will have enough leg and shoulder room for its passengers. According to the news, the fuel tank is said to be repositioned than its earlier version, so it results in more head, knee and foot space for the occupants. Moreover, considering its total height, it can also be said that it gives sufficient head space. As per the reports, it will get a spacious boot compartment, which can be further increased by folding its rear seat, creating an impressive appeal. Not only this, its fuel tank capacity should be decent also, which will help for planning longer journeys.
Its diesel mill is anticipated to deliver an excellent performance with the help of a six speed manual transmission gear box. It might propel the vehicle to achieve a top speed in the range of 170 to 180 Kmph. At the same time, it is expected that it will enable this hatch to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph in merely 11 to 12 seconds.
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 at least on paper.
Speculated to be out soon, this upcoming hatchback is expected to be launched diesel engine only, which is currently doing duty in their Amaze sedan. It might be coupled with a six-speed manual transmission gear box that will surely give a power packed performance. This is expected to be fitted with a 1.5-litre diesel engine under the hood, which will displace about 1498cc. This engine will be probably based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration and integrated with four cylinders as well as sixteen valves. According to the sources, it is said that this engine might churn out a peak power of 98.6bhp at 3600rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 200Nm at just 1750rpm. It is said to be integrated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which, which will return a decent fuel economy.
Ed's take: Honda will plonk the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines in the Jazz.
According to the news on various websites, this upcoming hatchback will come with a 1.5-litre diesel engine only, which is expected to be incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system. It will return about 25 Kmpl on the bigger roads and 21 Kmpl approximately within the city traffic conditions.
This power plant should be able to deliver a maximum power of 98.6bhp at 3600rpm along with a peak torque output of 200Nm at just 1750rpm.
Ed's take: The Jazz might be loaded with touch-screen system, climate control and several other features.
The top end variants of this model line up are anticipated to come with the advanced touchscreen infotainment system. This system is currently installed in a few models from this stable. It features satellite based voice guided turn by turn navigation along with Bluetooth and audio streaming. It connects to different media devices and provides quick access to playback. However, the remaining trims might not be getting this advanced unit instead, these might come with an integrated music system. This could include a CD/MP3 player and supports USB connectivity as well as Aux-in port. All the variants might be bestowed with four high quality speakers and two tweeters as well, which will enhance the ambience of the cabin. Besides these, the mid and top end variants could also be offered with a steering wheel that is mounted with audio switches. On the other hand, the company might also provide it with a few optional features, which the vehicle owners can choose as per their requirement. The interiors can be decorated with an i-Pad holder, DVD entertainment, scuff plates, cargo liner, portable cooler glove box, dash and floor mats. At the same time, the buyers can customize its exteriors with various accessories like headlight and bonnet protectors, hood air deflector, fog light kit, door visors, rear spoiler and many other such aspects.
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.
Like any other car model in this portfolio, it is also anticipated to get a reliable braking system along with proficient suspension mechanism. As per the rumors, this stylish sports utility vehicle will have its front wheels fitted with ventilated disc brakes and the rear ones with solid disc brakes. This mechanism will be further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which will prevent the vehicle from skidding. In terms of suspension, its front axle might be assembled with a McPherson strut while the rear one could get a torsion beam. Moreover, both these axles can be further accompanied by coil springs and shock absorbers that will help in making the ride smoother. On the other hand, it is expected to have a power assisted steering system, which not only supports its turning radius, but also makes its maneuverability quite easier to the driver even in heavy traffic conditions.
Ed's take: The safety features on the Jazz include airbags and ABS.
This upcoming model series is expected to be packed with most common safety features such as side impact beams, front disc brakes, child seats with door locks, rear defogger and many other such aspects. It is also believed to be equipped with front dual airbags that enhance the safety quotient in case of the collision. The company might offer this vehicle three point ELR (emergency locking retractor) seat belts for all passengers, wherein front seat should get height adjustable belt and it also has driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. While it is expected to be equipped with a central locking system that will allow one to lock and unlock doors just at the push of a button. It might also get anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which helps in keeping the vehicle stable and under control when driving on slippery roads. In addition to all these, the list might also include engine immobilizer for preventing the vehicle from unauthorized entry, door ajar warning lamp on instrument panel, which will keep the driver alert, front fog lamps and a few other such aspects that aids in giving maximum protection to its passengers.
It is anticipated that the neatly crafted wheel arches of this upcoming vehicle might be offered with a set of steel or alloy and steel wheels, depending on the variants. These rims would be covered with high performance tubeless radial tubeless tyres that will provide a superior grip on the roads. This vehicle is also expected to be equipped with a full size spare wheel with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre.
1. Alluring external appearance with a lot of styling aspects is going to be a big plus point.
2. It might be offered with satellite navigation system, which will be an advantage.
3. Internal cabin space seems to be quite good.
4. It is expected to come with a reasonable price range.
5. Projected fuel efficiency of a diesel engine is quite decent for Indian road and traffic conditions.
1. It seems there is still scope of improving its internal cabin.
2. Safety standards and comfort features might need to improve.
3. Availability in diesel engine only is a big minus point.
4. Diesel engine noise, vibration and harshness can be an issue.
5. Interior plastic quality is average, which will be a disadvantage.