Honda Jazz India launch is reportedly scheduled in July 2015. The all new facelifted Honda Jazz also known as the ‘Fit’ in international market was showcased in the Auto-Expo 2014 in Delhi. Honda previously planned to launch Jazz in 2014 but the decision was deferred in order to reduce waiting period of existing cars before launching new products. Honda’s Greater Noida and Tapukara facilities have been running on full capacity since last year after as their recent launches Mobilio, City and Amaze have registered high demand.
Honda Jazz a five door hatchback was discontinued in India in February 2013 after the dismal sales figures of an average 400 units per month. When the hatchback was launched it was a pricing blunder by Honda, by charging too much premium in comparison to its competitors. In order to revive sales, the Japanese manufacturer slashed the pries by INR 1 lakh in 2011, but the hatchback was not able to set the charts on fire. After the pricing issue, the lack of a diesel option also acted against the company and therefore the production was halted finally in 2013.
The new Jazz is expected to be highly liaised to keep the prices low. The facelift model shown at the Auto Expo will launch with a Petrol and Diesel Engine, borrowed from the Amaze. The petrol 1.2 i-Vtec four – cylinder engine produces 88 PS of power and 109 NM of torque, on the other hand the 1.5 liter four cylinder diesel engine is capable of 100 PS power and 200 NM torque.
The new Jazz is based on the new Honda City’s platform and now carries Honda’s new Exciting H design philosophy. The front is adorned with a hexagonal grille with a bold logo. The hatchback is resigned for a fresher look with new wing mirrors, new front and rear bumpers, new chrome and matte black headlight accents and a new design tail lamps. the interiors have been given a new fresher look with a new dashboard design and is somewhat similar to the new Honda City. It is expected to be high on safety features with ABS, EBD brake assist and air bags.
Measuring just under 4 meter at 3,955 mm in length would be eligible for the small car tax benefit. It is 1,695 mm in width, 1,525 mm in height with a 2,530 mm wheelbase.
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