After being the subject of many speculative stories and spy shots, Honda’s eagerly awaited premium hatchback- the Jazz, is going to be launched in the Indian market tomorrow.
Based on a new platform, the new Jazz has been designed along the lines of Honda’s ‘Exciting H!!!’ philosophy. The new Jazz features a sporty aerodynamic silhouette, which gives it the typical look of a Japanese supermini. While the lack of a diesel engine in the previous Jazz’s engine line-up was one of the reasons for the hatchback’s failure in India, Honda will now offer the new model along with the option of an oil burner. The Jazz will get Honda’s popular 1.5-litre four-pot Earth Dreams diesel engine, which produces 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. Besides this, the Jazz will also get the 1.2-litre iVTEC petrol engine.
It has been a while since Honda commenced the production of the new Jazz at its plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan, to cater to its other global markets. Though the car has been on sale in other global markets for over a year now, Honda decided to delay the hatchback’s launch in India, probably due to the limited capacity at its manufacturing units in India. The Jazz will compete with other premium hatchbacks like the Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and the Fiat Punto Evo.