Same time next week, Honda Cars India would have launched the new Jazz premium hatchback in the country. Here are the top 5 things you should know about the 2015 Jazz:
1. Tops in fuel efficiency:
The Jazz diesel is announced with an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 27.3 km/l, making it the most fuel efficient vehicle in its segment, and India's second most fuel efficient diesel passenger vehicle. The petrol variants offer class-leading economies of 19 km/l with a CVT and 18.7 km/l with a manual gearbox.
2. Engine options:
The Jazz 1.2-liter i-VTEC petrol makes use of the same engine found in the Brio. However, on the Jazz, this engine is dialed up to 90 PS and 110 Nm of torque, as compared to the Brio's 88 PS and 109 Nm. The Jazz diesel gets the 1.5-liter Earth Dreams i-DTEC diesel engine capable of 100 PS and 200 Nm of torque, identical to other Honda vehicles which use this engine.
3. Petrol gets a CVT with paddle-shifters:
The petrol variant of the Jazz will get a CVT with paddle shifters, and is sure to appeal to those seeking a city runabout. In its class, the Jazz and the Polo are the only vehicles to offer an automatic transmission, though the Polo sports a 7-speed DSG paired to a 1.2-liter TSI engine.
The Jazz will launch in five variants each for the petrol and diesel fitted with a manual transmission. The petrol CVT though will come in two variants only - S and V. The top-end VX features Honda's Magic Seat, black upholstery, a touchscreen 15.7 cm infotainment system with navigation and DVD, reclining rear seats and a rear spoiler.
5. Bookings underway at all dealerships:
Dealers of Honda Cars India have officially started accepting bookings for the new Jazz for INR 51,000. Deliveries of the car will naturally follow for those who booked first.