Indians waiting for the all-new Honda Jazz may have to wait longer, as the company has announced they won’t be launching the Jazz this year. This announcement was made by the Japanese car maker after they inaugurated their second manufacturing facility in Tapukara, Rajasthan.
Honda may launch the Jazz at the end of next financial year, which means the Jazz will make its Indian debut anywhere between January to March 2015. The car made its Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) debut in September, and it is disappointing to know that we will get the car a full 16 months later. The Jazz, in the JDM, comes with hybrid powertrains, however in India it will be available with the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC oil burner.
The wait seems very long, but, Honda seems to be focused more on the Mobilio MPV which will hit the showrooms this year. And, the Jazz might be made at the Tapukara plant along with the Amaze and the Mobilio. This also emphasises the plant won’t be fully functional this year.
As enthusiasts we may be a little disappointed, but we would be better off without a car for some time, rather than having it in the order books with a long waiting period. If that’s why Honda is delaying the launch of the Jazz, we give a thumbs-up to them.