The Jazz came to India in its second iteration back in 2009 with a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. It did relatively well in the first year, but then rising petrol prices put brakes on its sales and later Honda had to cut prices to tackle rapid dieselisation. Things went from bad to worse and the Honda discontinued the Jazz this year to create room for the Amaze.
Despite the sad ending, we at CarWale always loved the Jazz – it had ample space inside the cabin and also offered boot big enough to for a weekend getaway with brilliant Honda refinement. So if you are a Honda fan there is good news – the Jazz if coming back and this time with a diesel engine. The car will be the sixth addition to the Honda line up in India and will be positioned under the Amaze.
The new Jazz has gone through a refreshing makeover and now follows a more aggressive design language. It features a completely redesigned facia that follows the pattern on its siblings while flaunting a new grille design. The sides and the bumpers get a chiselled look with well-defined creases wrapping the car. The wedge shaped D-pillar has carried itself from the older generation, while the tail cluster gets a more focus and compact design.
The new Honda Jazz is expected to be longer than its previous generation sibling in an effort to provide more space and comfort. The overall length of the car is speculated to be 3.96m which is 60mm longer than the old car. The car is also expected to have a class-leading 390-litre boot space and a slightly extended wheelbase of 2.58m. The ride and handling should improve with revised suspension and a re-calibrated steering.
The power plants for the India spec Jazz are expected to be the same as thoseof the Amaze with the availability of two fuel options; a 1.2-litre petrol mill and the new 1.5-litre diesel engine. In the current state of tune the engines produce 86PS and 109Nm of torque and 100PS and 200Nm of torque respectively. It is possible that the Honda will detune the Jazz’s diesel engine to the 90PS mark to extract better fuel efficiency from the engine and still be on par with its competitors. The car may also feature the five-speed auto box found on the Amaze and the Brio models for the petrol version.
The Jazz being a hatchback will be positioned below the Amaze, implying that the prices will start from about Rs 4.7 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the petrol and Rs 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the diesel. At this price proposal, the car will give tough competition to the VW Polo and the Hyundai i20. To top it all, the Jazz will bring with it better ownership and maintenance costs compared to its European counterpart making it a top value for money proposition.