While everyone is eagerly waiting for the all-new Honda Jazz to break cover in India, the first batch of the India made premium hatchback has already been launched in South Africa. The Jazz will be available with the 1.2 litre and 1.5 litre engine options and seven variants. The all-new Jazz is priced between 179,900 Rand to 264,900 Rand (Rs 9.54 lakh - Rs 14 lakh).
There were strong rumors that Honda has started manufacturing the new Jazz at its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan, which is now confirmed. The initial units were not meant for the local dealerships, but for export purposes only. Honda India currently exports Brio, Brio sedan (Amaze) and the Mobilio to South Africa, but these launches were made after the domestic launch, contrary to Jazz's launch.
The 1.2 litre petrol unit is the same as in Brio and Amaze and produces 88 ps and 110 Nm of torque. The other unit is a 1.5 litre engine and will be made specially for the Jazz. Both the engines will be paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic gearbox. The hatchback measures 3,955 mm in length and 2,530 mm in wheelbase and comes with a 253 litre boot.
Honda is offering dual front, side and curtain airbags, ABS and EBD, vehicle stability control and remote central locking on all the models. Furthermore, a multi-function steering wheel, USB connectivity and Bluetooth are also part of the standard kit. The pricing will be different from that of the South African market, since the duty structure varies from country to country.
The new Jazz is expected to launch in India in the first half of this year.