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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.

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