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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

New Honda Jazz 2015

New Honda Jazz 2015

Discontinued in 2013, the Honda Jazz made its come back in India with an all new design, engine and transmission options. The new Jazz is based on Honda's new "EXCITING H DESIGN!!!" global design philosophy, and appears to be very young and sporty. Available in a total of 5 trims, the new Honda Jazz competes against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo.
Price: 5.30 Lakhs - 8.59 Lakhs (Ex showroom price Delhi)

Honda Jazz New Overview

The Honda Jazz finally made its comeback in India on July 8, 2015. With an all new design, more features and a diesel powertrain, the Jazz competes against Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo and Maruti Suzuki Swift. The diesel engine is the same unit, 1.5-litre i-DTEC, that powers the City, Mobilio and the Amaze. The petrol engine, on the other hand, has been carried forward from the old model. The new-generation Jazz has also received an all new design which makes it look sportier and lot more appealing than before.


The new-generation model of the Jazz looks sportier and sleeker than the old model, thanks to Honda's 'Exciting H Design' philosophy. Featuring the global Civic-like headlamps, sleek grille and and new bumper with large air-vents, the new-gen Honda Jazz's front fascia looks completely new. The rear profile, too, looks sportier than before with new tail-lamps, new bumpers; though, it still resembles the old Jazz a little.

The new Jazz's cabin now looks quite identical to the City with similar looking dashboard and plastic quality. In fact the infotainment system and several features too have been sourced from the City. What goes in favour of the Jazz is its very spacious cabin, thanks to the extended wheelbase that results into more knee-room and leg room.

Engine & Transmission Options
As mentioned earlier, the new-generation Honda Jazz comes with two engine options - 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel and the 1.2-litre iVTEC petrol. While the former produces 89bhp, the latter churns out 99bhp. Transmission options on offer are a 5-speed manual and 5-speed CVT gearbox with the petrol model, and a 6-speed manual gearbox with the diesel version.

Honda Jazz (Petrol)

4 Cylinder, i-VTEC
Displacement: 1198 cc
Max Power: 88.8bhp @ 6000rpm
Max Torque: 110Nm @ 4800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed Manual/CVT

Honda Jazz (Diesel)

4 Cylinder, i-DTEC
Displacement: 1498 cc
Max Power: 98.6 bhp @ 3600 rpm
Max Torque: 200 nm @  1750 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed Manual

Key Features
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
- Electronic brakeforce distribution system (EBD)
- Infotainment system with 6.2-inch touch-sensitive display
- Navigation system
- Multi-function steering wheel
- Steering mounted audio and telephone controls
- 15-inch alloy wheels
- Class-leading boot space

The City-like large, angular headlights that fuse into the multi-element grille, in particular, look very attractive. Look under the familiar glasshouse and you’ll also notice where Honda has made an effort to jazz up (pun intended) the rest of the car’s design. There’s a strong belt line that originates at the front doors and progressively widens towards the large 3D-effect tail-lights. Sadly, the mass of metal above the rear wheels does make the Jazz look under-tyred. The tail, though, is attractive and comes embellished with reflectors that flank the windscreen and a wide band of chrome that runs along the width of the boot.
But more than anything else, you’ll like the Jazz’s design for more practical reasons. Such as how its tailgate extends low on the bumper or how its doors open nice and wide. And the first time you open those doors, the sheer space in the cabin will shock you. The Jazz is easily the most spacious car in its class with ample head, leg and shoulder room for five occupants. Passengers in the rear, however, will find the seat short on thigh support. The upward sloping floor (on account of the fuel tank being positioned under the front seats) may not be to everyone’s liking either.
Interestingly, this time around, only top-spec Jazz models will get the ‘magic seats’ at the back. These seats split, fold flat and flip upwards to make space for all shapes and sizes of cargo – that’s if the massive 354-litre boot won’t meet your needs anyway. These seats now also allow you to form a recliner by pushing the front seat backrests fully till they meet the rear seat base. It’s a unique feature picnickers and the chauffeur-driven will love. Those likely to spend more time in the back will also like how the backrest angle can be adjusted (a segment first) on top-end variants. However, the middle seat cushioning is firm and not very comfortable.
Up front, seat comfort is good but visibility past the thick A-pillars is limited and troublesome at crossroads. Otherwise, the Jazz’s driving environment is very similar to the City’s. The chunky steering, the instruments and the basic layout of the centre console are all very similar. The Jazz’s asymmetrical dashboard that comes finished in hard-wearing plastics extends further forwards towards the windscreen and the portion above the glovebox is more layered (there’s no secondary compartment like the old Jazz either). Still, with as many as nine cupholders and more than a few cubbyholes, you won’t find yourself short on storage spaces for small items.
Honda hopes you won’t find yourself shortchanged either. Because unlike the sparsely equipped old Jazz, the new one comes loaded with features. There’s a City-like dial-operated 5-inch colour screen for the rear-view camera and infotainment system with a larger 6.2-inch touchscreen offered on top variants. The touch-operated panel for the climate control system from the City also finds its way here and there are also steering-mounted buttons for audio and telephone functions.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Maruti launched S-Cross and opened pre-launch bookings - Maruti S-Cross

Maruti launched S-Cross and opened pre-launch bookings - Maruti S-Cross

Maruti Suzuki's next all new product for the Indian market will be the S-Cross that has recently made its debut at the 2015 IIFA awards. Though the vehicle is a compact crossover, it will take on the likes of compact SUVs including Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the Hyundai Creta. Just like the Ciaz, the S-Cross will be sold through Maruti Suzuki's exclusive dealerships for its premium cars - Nexa.

The car is said to be an exception of the Maruti Suzuki's traditional point of view for Indian cars which makes it an attractive product with a bunch of new things we never had from the company. The only factor which makes it shine lesser than usual is the launch of Honda Jazz and Hyundai Creta before its entry into the Indian market, which surely will decrease the numbers. Let’s see what is has to offer above all the others present on the battlefield.


The design of the S-Cross stays the same as its international version. It clearly shows the evolution from the first generation of SX4 sedan and feels quiet easy on the aggression point of view of the current crossovers. The front houses a not so good and not so bad looking twin lined chrome grill.
Truly saying, the fog lamp outlines are better looking than the headlight's LED light design and the skid plate suits the smooth looking cladding on the front. The headlight seems odd in the current time, with the other brands having much sharp and smart approach to the lights. The hood looks flat and overall looks are just average. Rear lights are impressive when compared to the other designing on the car. If looks are your preference, you won't be satisfied for sure.


The best part from Maruti Suzuki comes under this section of the car. The best interior which could have been provided by Maruti Suzuki till date comes in the S-Cross. The leather-full approach would be appreciated by most of its customers and the premium word starts fulfilling its definition as soon as you enter the car. From your first look to the last, the car seems to be fully loaded with technology on each phase.
Old Maruti Suzuki fellows may also get mistaken as if it’s really a Maruti, but the Suzuki symbol proudly rests on the center of the leather bathed steering wheel, making us remember that the times have changed. Everything has been automated by the company, defining the premium tag they have given to its car. Black is all around on the highest trim, making it the best looking interior from Maruti Suzuki.

Instrument Console

The console on the new S-Cross features technology loaded analogue and digital cluster. The left side has the tachometer, with a small analog temperature whereas the right comes with a speedometer with the fuel gauge. The needle magic has been improved with the blue lining around the circles, making it much more attractive than before. The center houses a display, which comes with multiple information modes like instant fuel economy, average fuel economy, trip distance, odometer, clock and outside temperature. Both the engines being diesel powered make the console same for both the variants.

Infotainment System

The part where Maruti Suzuki lacked the most seems to be a strong part in their premium S-Cross. The car features a fully touchscreen Smartplay infotainment system which comes with a 6-speaker system on the new S-Cross. The unit features touch sensitive buttons on both of its sides for volume, power, settings and home. The unit also comes with navigation, AUX, USB and smartphone integration. A full utility package is guaranteed by Maruti Suzuki with their premium cars and S-Cross has started a new way of life.

Engine & Performance

The S-Cross is offered in two different engine sizes, named as the DDiS 200 and DDiS 320. Both the numbers denote the torque figure developed by the respective engines. The first one is the 1.3 liter familiar diesel motor found in every Suzuki diesel car in India. The motor produces 88.8 BHP @ 4000 rpm and 200 NM @ 1750 rpm.
The engine is mated to the traditional 5-speed manual gearbox. The second engine is again a Fiat sourced motor, 1.6 L with 118 BHP and 320 NM of torque. This version comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. The AWD and automatic gearbox option has not been mentioned by Maruti Suzuki. Both the engines are trusted units with a lot of practicality as both return a company claimed mileage of above 20 kmpl.


The comfort of the passengers has been counted first by the company this time. The car features fully automatic temperature control for better rides in all weather conditions. It comes with a lot of legroom, which has been missing in most of the Maruti Suzuki offerings till date. Ingress and Egress is very easy for the new S-Cross, raising its practical abilities.
The electrically fold-able and adjustable outside mirrors adds to the charm with its all electric windows. The car comes with rear wiper and washer, with defogger for ease in rainy seasons. All the features have been integrated into the steering wheel and the S-Cross also features cruise control for better and comfortable riding. The armrests for both the seats make it feel premium and this time, the list has been improved very effectively by the company.


The safety factor gets an update too this time. The car comes with front and rear disc brakes for better braking and enhanced safety is added by the provision of ABS to it. S-Cross comes with dual front airbags for improved safety in the times of collision. The parking sensors and reverse parking camera makes it easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces and a better 205/60-16 tyres have been provided for a better grip on road. These features add up to the peace of mind of passengers and the car proves its practicality once again.

Variants and Shades

The car comes with a new naming strategy from Maruti Suzuki, naming the vehicle as Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha instead of the LDi, VDi and ZDi. The new S-Cross comes in 8 variants, with 5 belonging to the DDiS 200 family and 3 to the DDiS 320 family. Sigma model comes with a Sigma (O) model also, both of which are available in the 1.3 L engine variant only. The shades available in the premium crossover are Blue, Grey, Silver, Brown and White. The cladding remains common on all the shades.

Expected Price

The new S-Cross is expected to start from INR 8,25,000 and go a long way up to INR 11,00,000. The top variant of the 320 family (Alpha) would be the most performance and feature loaded version of the car with the 200 Alpha being the most economical and feature loaded option. The car will make its way in the last week of July or the first week of August 2015. It will be only available through Nexa showrooms, making its availability to limited to certain points of sale initially.