Japanese car manufacturer Honda seems aggressive with its strategies for the Indian car market. The company has launched the much-awaited Mobilio MPV which already recorded over 10,000 bookings. Moreover, Honda is also aiming to increase its dealership network which could be the move to target the semi-urban and rural region. The company is planning also working on a compact car and Brio based compact SUV, which is scheduled to go on sale in 2016-17. If media reports are to be believed, Honda will launch the new generation Honda Jazz hatchback in March 2015.
Unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show, the new Jazz, for the first time, will be offered with the diesel powertrain. It will compete against the likes of new generation Hyundai i20 and Volkswagen Polo. This time, the company has increased the localization to keep the price competitive to the market. Moreover, this compact hatchback is expected to be the country’s most fuel efficient hatchback, thanks to the highly efficient 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor.
The new generation Honda Jazz is based on a new platform which also underpins the new generation City sedan; however, it continues to feature the cab forward design. The aggressive front gets horizontal chrome slat flaked by a hawk-eye shaped headlamps. The front bonnet has two prominent creases flows to merge the A-pillars. It looks bigger than its predecessor, thanks to the large glass area. The aggressive side profile gets crisp sewage line runs across the length of the car.
The interiors of the Jazz hatchback are based on the Honda’s immensely popular “Man Maximum Machine Minimum” philosophy. The quality of material and fit & finish is top notch. It will get a large dashboard which is equipped with touch-screen display with navigation. It will be equipped with several high end features such as push start and keyless entry.
Under the bonnet is the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine. The company might also fit the powerful 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine to offer a sporty version, which is likely to be named as “Jazz RS”. Both engines will send power to front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission gearbox. However, the petrol version will also come with automatic gearbox.