New Honda Jazz to be launched in India

 The New Honda Jazz with new sporty elements makes the car now look a bit more appealing than the previous model. Indeed there are some design elements borrowed from the City like the narrow headlights and front grille blending into each other as one. But the mesh on the lower bumper did look a bit incomplete and a clear view of the radiator from that could have been hidden easily. The extended belt line all across the side till the tail-lights and the side profile does give it a sporty, low stance on its 15 inch alloys. At the rear, the spoiler is quite prominent and the car has LED tail and stop lamps along with a chrome strip that accentuates the rear styling.



The Jazz has 2 engine options - the 1.2 litre petrol though has been borrowed from the Brio but has a slightly higher power output of 89bhp though is tuned for efficiency. You can opt for either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT with paddle shifters.  The 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine puts out exactly the same figures (98bhp, 200 Nm) as the diesel City's because of course it's the same motor and also gets the same 6 speed manual.  The car accelerates easily and since peak torque kicks in pretty low, wading through city traffic will be a breeze also because the peak torque kicks in fairly low.


Now there was a legitimate concern from potential buyers about the low ground clearance that Honda cars suffer from especially over poorly built speed-breakers in India. The company has looked to address this with a redesigned exhaust system resulting in marginal improvement in ground clearance which now stands at 165 mm, but still lower than what the Swift and i20 offer at 170 mm. The new Jazz's suspension setup feels akin to the old car's, but there is improved stability and comfort in the ride. There is some amount of body roll that gets in as you take the car around wide corners at high speeds.


The dash is very similar to the City's and the quality of the plastics also feel very similar. Beige and black interiors for the base and mid variants, all-black for the top-end spec is how the Jazz will roll. The new 6.2 inch touchscreen with navigation feels easy to use. The interface on this new panel felt responsive but like a new touch phone, you will take some time getting used to the controls. 


The fuel efficiency numbers of the Jazz are impressive with the diesel engine claiming 27.3Km/l, just 0.3Kms behind the newly launched Maruti Celerio diesel, making it one of India's most fuel efficient car. The petrol CVT delivers 19Km/l, while mileage claims on the manual are at 18.7Km/l. Also impressive for a car this size.



The new Jazz will be launched early next month and pricing details will be revealed then. The car builds on the reputation of the earlier model in terms of practicality, space and efficiency but it will boil down to how well Honda plays the pricing card really.
 

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