Honda Cars India has started the production of the next-generation Jazz hatchback at its Tapukara production facility in Rajasthan. Multiple leading tabloids have reported that several units of the 2015 Honda Jazz can be seen parked in the stockyard of company's manufacturing unit. However, the company hasn't announced a launch date for the premium hatchback, but it is expected that it would go on sale in the country by March 2015.
The new Jazz is bigger, larger and more roomier than the preceding model. It is longer by 15mm and the wheelbase is enhanced by 30mm as compared to its predecessor. It is expected to flaunt 5-spoke alloy wheels, roof-mounted antenna at front, blacked out B-pillars etc. to mention a few. Base and mid-level variants might not feature fog lamps and turn-indicator on outside rear view mirrors. The hot hatch would be offered across six colors - White, Red, Silver, Titanium metallic, Crystal black and Carnelian red. New Honda Jazz would have height-adjustable seatbelts, ABS, EBD and dual front airbags as safety features, albeit in top-end trims.
Mechanically, the 2015 Jazz would be launched in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. In petrol guise, it would be powered by the 1.2L, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine which also does duties to the entry-level hatchback Brio. It would belt out a maximum power of 87 bhp and peak torque of 109Nm. It is also speculated that Honda might introduce a performance-based top-end variant with City's 1.5L petrol engine and CVT gearbox and paddle-shifters. The diesel variants would get their power from a 1.5L, 4-pot i-DTEC motor, which is also on offer with Amaze and City sedans. It would rake in a maximum power of 98 bhp and peak torque of 200Nm. Also, Honda has imported several CVT gearboxes from Indonesia, out of which, some are to be equipped with a 1.5L motor. Hence, a more powerful RS version of Jazz is also on cards.