Honda has launched the India built next generation Jazz in South Africa but the company is still tight lipped about the date of launch for the 2015 Jazz. The new Jazz gets more legroom than before as it features a length of 3,599 mm and the wheelbase, which is now 30 mm more than the previous model now measures 2,530 mm.
The interiors sport a new dashboard, instrument panel, three spoke multifunction steering wheel and a 60:40 split folding rear seat. Besides being equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity and a start/stop button, the car also comes with a lot of safety features that include ABS with EBD and brake assist with automatic hazard light activation, motion-adaptive electric power steering, front, side and curtain airbags, vehicle-stability assistance, auto door locking, alarm/immobilizer and remote central locking.
The new Jazz that has been launched in South Africa will be available in two 4-cylinder i-VTEC petrol power trains. One of the petrol variants gets a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 89 bhp @ 6600 rpm and 110 Nm @ 4800 rpm. 2015 Jazz buyers will have the option to choose between a five-speed manual or a CVT with paddle shifters. While the manual version can accelerate from 0 to 100 kms per hour in 13.4 seconds and attain a top speed of 175 kph, the CVT version can accelerate from 0 to 100 kms per hour in 14.3 seconds and attain a top speed of 174 kph. Honda claims that this powermill will deliver a fuel efficiency of 17.86 kms per litre.
The second engine variant is a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 118 bhp @ 6600 rpm and 145 Nm @ 4800 rpm. The gearbox options remain the same but with this engine, the new jazz can attain a top speed of 180 kms per hour. With the manual gearbox, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 kms per hour in 9.9 seconds and with the CVT version, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 kms per hour in 10.6 seconds.
With the manual gearbox option, the fuel efficiency figure is pegged at 16.67 kms per litre and with the CVT version, the fuel efficiency figure is pegged at 17.24 kms per litre.
Honda is likely to launch the new Jazz in India with a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine.