The much loved and branded Japanese automaker Honda Motors introduced the Jazz – one of the foremost cars from its global line-up in India in the year 2009. This second generation model only had a petrol engine then. The model was liked by the masses and it enjoyed good sales in the first year. However the steep rise in the petrol prices started affecting the Jazz’s popularity adversely. People preferred to buy cheaper diesel alternatives. This led to poor sales until finally when Honda had to withdraw Jazz from the Indian markets.

However, people always adored the Jazz mainly for its cutting edge design and style in addition to spacious interiors. The loyal Honda fans were eagerly awaiting a return of the Jazz. And much to their delight, the Jazz has come back now with a diesel engine and many other positive make-over. The all- New Honda Jazz 2014 was unveiled at the Auto Expo held at New Delhi and it will be making its way to showrooms early next year.

This fun-to-drive hatchback will be equipped with petrol as well as diesel engines. The petrol engine is the 1.2 litre i-VTEC four cylinder mill which will produce 88 PS of power and 109 NM of peak torque. The diesel unit on the other hand would be a 1.5 litre i-DTEC one with four cylinders. The power and torque figures for this unit would be 100 PS and 200 NM respectively. The petrol engine will have a five speed manual or a five speed automatic transmission and the diesel engine will come with a six speed manual gearbox. The diesel version promises a high fuel efficiency of 26 kmpl. With such impressive performance and mileage figures it is surely poised to be a segment leader when launched.

The new Jazz is built on Honda’s new ‘exciting H design’ making it longer, bolder and sleeker. The new bumper with large air vents and the slim but stretched headlamps are surely an eye catcher. Well defined lines run through the body and there are now turn indicators on the external mirrors. The tail cluster is also slightly altered with more metallic inserts. Overall, it seems to be refreshing make-over.

The car is 60 mm longer and has a longer wheelbase than the earlier model, which means more space inside. The interior cabin gets classier look and finish. Apart from that, the level of safety and comfort features on hand also has gone up significantly. An advanced audio system with all connectivity, AC with heater, ABS with brake assist along with EBD, immobilizer, keyless entry, a rear wind screen defogger with a rear wiper, a high mounted stop lamp and a full size spare tyre are some of these features.

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