Japanese auto giant Honda will launch its much anticipated Jazz premium hatchback in India during this year, suggest the latest reports.
2014 Jazz, a car which was first seen at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 will be reaching Indian markets after the company's MPV Mobilio launch in the country.
"The new Honda Jazz will come after our mid-sized, seven-seater multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) Mobilio's entry into the Indian market in July 2014. We are currently working on the exact timing for the launch of Jazz," Business Standard quoted Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice-president, marketing and sales, Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) .
Flaunting a stylish design and contemporary look, the new Jazz will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Nissan Micra, Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai i20 in the country. The India-bound version of the latest Jazz is expected to come in both petrol and diesel engine variants. The petrol version of the Jazz is speculated to pack the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that powers Amaze and Brio. It can generate a power of 87bhp, with a torque of 110Nm at 4800rpm. The diesel Jazz is likely to pack a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor, which can pump 100PS of power and 200Nm torque.
The car will come loaded with features like a power steering with mounted audio controls, front and rear power windows, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, a climate control unit and more.
Talking of the prices of the upcoming Jazz, we expect Honda to price its new premium hatchback Jazz competitively in the domestic market and the new Jazz is also speculated to give good mileage, similar to its rivals.
Riding high on the success of the Amaze sedan and the Honda City, the company is hopeful that the upcoming Mobilio will also work wonders in the domestic market.
"Mobilio has been designed based on a lot of customer understanding. Our last three launches - Brio, Amaze and City - had around 90% localisation. The MPV should also be having a similar localisation," Sen added.
The company is expected to launch its Mobilio in July this year.Honda Mobilio, the first MPV of the company in India will be offered in both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol model will pack 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol motor, and can churn out a power of 117bhp, and the diesel variant will come with 98bhp, 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit and powers Honda's popular City and Amaze. The engine will come mated to a five-speed manual and CVT gearbox. While the diesel model of MPV Mobilio is expected to deliver 26 kmpl, the petrol version is likely to give 18 kmpl.