What earlier used to be Honda’s only hatchback is all set to make its comeback in the premium hatchback segment in India. Honda Motor Corp India has finally launched the updated version of Jazz and by the looks of things, it might just turn out to possess the right recipe for offering a tough competition to the existing vehicles in this segment. Initially launched in 2009, jazz was discontinued in 2013 due to falling sales as it was considered too expensive by the buyers as one could have bought a saloon for the same money.
Though the updated version carries the same shape as that of the previous model, it is sharp and sportier to look at as a result of all the cuts and creases that this vehicle sports. Up front the triangular headlights have been replaced by rectangular ones which are separated by a chrome grille which is identical to the one found on the Honda City. The bumper now houses separate enclosures for the fog lamps along with a smartly shaped air damn which finds its place in between them. The vehicle gets a slopping roof line which becomes quite evident when viewed from the sides. The back facia of the Jazz reminds of the previous model in many ways though now it comes with an updated set of taillights which are bigger and incorporate reflectors which run along the edges of the rear window. Also we get a roof mounted spoiler while the Rear bumper features a similar design characteristic as the front bumper with its twin moulded air scoops.
On the inside too things remain sharp and sporty. The jazz gets the same cabin which is available on the City, owning to that, every curve has been replaced by a line which gives the interiors a new character. Cabin largely remains black with silver finding its way on the dashboard and around the air vents. The instrument cluster and the centre console have been refreshed too and the higher models will come with a touchscreen multimedia system and a segment first touchscreen climate control unit as well. Rear seats gets plenty of legroom with 60:40 split ratio while the luggage compartments gets a decent space of 354 litres.
Engines and specifications
The Honda Jazz is introduced with a 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel motor which produces 99bhp and 200nm of torque. The vehicle is available with a 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol motor as well is also which is good for 89bhp and approximate 115nm of torque. The diesel will have a 6 speed manual transmission while the petrol will get a 5 speed manual along with a CVT automatic gearbox.
The jazz competes against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Elite i20, Volkswagen Polo and Fiat PuntoEvo.