Auto 2014
Auto 2014

Honda Jazz Finally Launched

Honda Motors has finally launched the highly awaited Jazz at function in New Delhi on Wednesday. Jazz is the first small car offered by Honda Motors for the small car market in India. So far Honda marketed only the mid-size cars City, Civic, Accord, and compact SUV CR-V in India.

Honda Jazz started its journey in 2001 in the United States and Japan as the Fit. Honda has gives the car an Indian identity by naming it Jazz and an India specific engine. The new hatchback is based on the highly successful new Honda City sedan. Honda Jazz is powered by the 1.2 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine which delivers 89 bhp power and 110 Nm of torque. The new engine is mated to a responsive 5-speed manual transmission which gives precise shifts. A progressive clutch helps complete the trio of three biggest advantages on a Jazz. Interestingly, the engine on Jazz is the same as the 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine fitted in new Honda City which helped Honda gain a reputation for performance and fuel economy.

The engine has a variable valve timing system (VVT) which gives seamless power output. The engine can deliver 16.1 km/l fuel economy, as per the certification by Automotive Research Association of India. The engine is tuned to meet Euro IV emission norms which will come into effect from next year. It also has eco-friendly angle feature as the engine is made E-10 compatible, which allows usage of bio-fuels.

Honda Jazz is sold on three variant levels - the base model, Mode and Active. The prices for Jazz start with Rs 6.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The mid-range Mode features body side mouldings, corner protectors to prevent scratches, and funky lit garnishes on the side steps. The top end Active, which is the sporty version of Jazz features sport pedals, steering wheel with mounted audio controls, air conditioner with heater, large front fog lamps and a rear spoiler.

The dashboard is loaded with a neat layout of button and switches for various functions. Jazz has borrowed the steering wheel from the new Honda City. The stylish dash is typical of the Honda's with large dials and big knobs. The bright clear markings in the dials on the instrument cluster can be viewed even in the darkness. All the three variants get the unique magic seats that allow versatile usage of the space behind front seats. The magic seats folded up or flip-folded down to create a flat floor get additional storage compartment. Generous legroom and head room for tall adults suggest a spacious interior.

Safety equipments include front SRS airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, Electronic brake pressure distribution and the signature G-Con construction body. Jazz prices start from Rs 6.98 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Jazz Mode is cost Rs 30,000 more than the base model and the top end Active comes with a price tag that is Rs 35,000 more than the base model.

Some auto critics also call the Jazz a mini MPV owing to its unique cab forward design and spacious interiors. However, Jazz is pure a five door hatchback with its roots firmly set in the Honda ethics - comfort and performance. Honda achieved the exemplary space in the cabin by fitted the large fuel tank under the front seats.