All-New Honda Jazz is just a few days away from officially hitting the Indian roads again as the company would launch it on July 8, 2015 in India. Honda dealers, across the nation, have started accepting bookings for the Jazz hatchback at a token amount of Rs. 51,000. In fact, the Japanese automaker has launched a separate website for the all-new Jazz which provides a brief info of the hatchback and one can also request a test drive over there.
Honda is re-launching the Jazz in the Indian market with a new design and up-market interiors. Earlier, it was launched in 2009 in the country but it failed to get any buyers due to being overpriced and lacking a diesel engine. Just so you know, Honda Jazz price, while launched firstly in 2009, was around 8 Lakhs due to low level of localization and hence, it failed so miserably that the company had to discontinue it in 2013. But, Honda has now get rid of all the factors that failed Jazz, as for the first time ever, it would come in diesel avatar. Secondly, unlike its first outing, it would be manufactured at Honda's Tapukara plant in Alwar with over 90 percent of local content, which would help the company to price it aggressively.
2015 Honda Jazz would be the first car in its segment to come with a factory-fitted touch-screen infotainment system, albeit in top-end trim only. The hatch would also be the first in segment to feature CVT automatic transmission with paddle shifters in petrol guise. The petrol variants would be powered by the company's tried and trusted 1.2L, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine which would generate a maximum power of 89bhp and peak torque of 110Nm. It would be linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox. As said before a CVT auto gearbox with paddle shifters would also be available. As for diesel, the Jazz hatchback would use company's 1.5L, 4-cylinder i-DTEC engine which belts out 99bhp of top power and 200Nm of peak torque. It would be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and deliver a segment-leading mileage of 27.3kmpl, which would make it country's second best fuel efficient car after Maruti Celerio.