Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) today launched the much awaited Jazz. This hatch is now in its third generation and is offered in five variants – beginning with E, S, SV, V and the top rung VX trim. The car gets major styling changes and a host of new features to help it in its quest to conquer the lucrative premium hatch segment.
The Jazz boasts of a sharp, edgy and sporty exterior design that looks premium and upmarket in keeping with its target market. The well defined character lines and features like LED tail and stop lamp, tail gate spoiler, rear micro antenna, 15-inch alloy wheels, redesigned fog lamps, and turn indicators on ORVMs will definitely appeal to customers.
The interior gets premium beige fabric seats and 12.7 cm (5-inch) touch screen with integrated audio as well as rear parking camera with multiple views. The top-end variant features an even bigger 15.7 cm (6.2-inch) touchscreen with Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) system, camera display and DVD playback. Automatic climate control with touch screen control, multi-function steering wheel and a highly visible always lit 3-eye meter array with Eco-assist function are some other features that are available. The new Jazz is 3955 mm long, 1694 mm wide, 1544 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2530 mm. Clever utilisation of space means an ultra-spacious cabin that can accommodate nine cup holders and several cubbyholes. Boot space is a class leading 354 litres that can be further maximised owing to the versatile Magic Seats that come with a four-mode configuration.
Honda did not offer the diesel engine the last time around, and that took a toll on its sales numbers. This time though, the Japanese firm has launched the Jazz with 1.5-litre i-DTEC oil burner that is seen doing duty under the hood of the City and the Amaze. This power plant generates 98.6 bhp at 3600 rpm and a peak torque figure of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. Power is transmitted via a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel efficiency is an ARAI approved 27.3 kmpl. This figure makes it the second most fuel efficient car in India, behind the 27.6 kmpl given out by the Maruti Suzuki Celerio Diesel.
The Petrol variant is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine that delivers a maximum power of 89 bhp at 6000 rpm and twisting force rated at 110 Nm. Transmission of choice for the gasoline engine is a five-speed manual that delivers fuel economy of 18.7 kmpl. Petrol also gets the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox which apart from offering the convenience of an automatic gives improved economy of 19 kmpl. It is also the only car in its segment to get Paddle Shifters behind the steering wheel.
The previous generation Jazz was a good package overall that did not get the desired sales for the company due to its price. The new Jazz has received more localisation, improving the percentage of local parts from 75 per cent to 95 per cent. This has enabled Honda to price it competitively. The petrol Jazz starts from Rs 5.31 lakh while the diesel range kicks off from Rs 6.50 lakh(ex-showroom, Delhi). Competition is fierce and the Jazz has to counter threat from established rivals like the Hyundai Elite i20 and Volkswagen Polo.
|Variant||Honda Jazz Petrol||Honda Jazz Diesel|
|E||5.31 lakh||6.50 lakh|
|S||5.94 lakh||7.14 lakh|
|SV||6.45 lakh||7.65 lakh|
|V||6.80 lakh||8.10 lakh|
|VX||7.29 lakh||8.59 lakh|
|S CVT||7.00 lakh||—–|
|V CVT||7.85 lakh||—–|
(All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi)