India-bound Honda Jazz (Honda Fit) – Auto Shanghai Live
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Will be launched in India in June-July 2015.
Honda is showcasing the India-bound Fit (Jazz) hatchback at the Auto Shanghai 2015, which was launched in the Chinese market in April 2014. Prices, at the launch, started at CNY 73,800 (Rs 7.18 lakh), which is cheaper than the previous car, and is built by the Guangzhou-Honda joint venture.
The third generation Honda Fit is a step up from the previous model, in terms of design. It looks more sportier and falls in line with Honda’s latest design philosophy. Inside, it features a seven-inch Honda Connect infotainment system that offers internet connectivity, traffic updates, social media, Bluetooth, MirrorLink connectivity, Wi-Fi, etc.
In terms of space, Honda’s 2nd row “Magic Seats” offers MPV-esque versatility, while boot space can be increased from 354 litres (rear seats up) to a generous 884 litres (with them folded down).
The Chinese-spec Fit features a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine developing 130 bhp and 155 Nm. The engine is paired to the familiar seven-speed stepped CVT with paddles behind the steering. It’s unlikely that this engine will make it into the Indian-spec Jazz due to non-adherence with Indian small car legislation.
For the Indian market, Honda Cars is gearing up for the launch of the Jazz, which is expected to happen in June-July 2015.