On the sidelines of the production roll out at Honda's second car plant in Rajasthan yesterday, Honda India announced that it will launch the 2014 Honda Jazz in the last quarter of the next financial year.
As a result, we will not get to see the hatchback launch this year, as Q4 FY 2014-15 begins from January 2015. For this year, the only all-new products from Honda are the new City and the Mobilio MPV.
The new Jazz went on sale in its home market of Japan in September last year. Post its Japanese debut, the Jazz had an Indian showcase this month at the Auto Expo 2014. For India, the Jazz will be available with a petrol and a diesel engine. The petrol motor would be the 1.2-liter four-cylinder unit seen on the Brio and Amaze. On these cars, this engine produces 88 PS and 109 Nm of torque. It is offered with 5-speed manual and automatic gearboxes.
The diesel engine for the Jazz would be the 1.5-liter i-DTEC engine, which on the new City and Amaze, produces 100 PS and 200 Nm of torque. The diesel engine comes with a 5-speed manual on the Amaze, and a 6-speed manual on the City.
For this year, Honda India will concentrate on launching the Mobilio MPV, which is slated to go on sale in the July-September period. Based on the Brio's platform, the Mobilio is a three-row seven-seater designed to rival the Maruti Ertiga.