Honda Cars India is set to launch its all-new Jazz hatchback in the country on July 8, 2015. But before launching the car, as is the tradition, the Japanese automajor conducted the media drives for the Jazz hatch, where it was revealed by the company that all-new Honda Jazz would return 27.3kmpl. This splendid mileage not only makes it the best car in its segment but also the second most fuel-efficient car in India after Maruti Suzuki Celerio, which returns 27.62kmpl.
This is Honda Jazz's second innings in the country as it failed miserably in its first outing due to being overpriced and lack of a diesel powerplant. However, this time around, the company intends to make it a major success by offering it with a diesel engine and assembling it locally to keep the pricing competitive. All-new Honda Jazz would have a high level of localization and would be assembled at company's Tapukara plant in Alwar, Rajasthan. Being based on the City platform, it would also have a 6.2-inch touch-screen unit in the top variants. Also, it shares most of its interior elements with the City sedan like the dash, instrument cluster and seats.
Talking about the engine options, the new Jazz, for the first time ever, would get a diesel powerplant in addition to the conventional petrol engine. Honda Jazz would be powered by a 1.5L i-DTEC diesel motor, which is good enough for 99bhp of top power and 200Nm of highest torque. It would be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, and the gear ratios are around 8 percent more than other Honda cars, which has accounted for this best-in-segment mileage of 27.3kmpl. On the other hand, the petrol variants would in-house the 1.2L i-VTEC mill which would generate a maximum power of 88bhp and top torque of 130Nm. It would be mated to either a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed CVT automatic gearbox.