Excerpts from an exclusive test drive of third generation Honda Jazz…. Among the new launch models of 2015, Honda Jazz was the highlight without any doubt and for good reasons. Expectations crossed the boundaries for this model. Ever since its ramp walk in the AUTO EXPO, Jazz had been expected to make its debut in India early this year, but somehow it didn’t happen till this date. Rumors are that Jazz would be officially introduced by the end of this month. But the next gen Jazz have already been launched in the world market. A small report on the revamped Jazz for the avid lovers of the model…
2001 was the year which saw the beginning of the Jazz’s world tour. But Indians had to wait till 2009 to witness its entry into the local market and that too the second generation. Statistics say that, since its inception till 2013, about five million units have been sold all over world.
The gates are open now for the third gen Jazz to follow the predecessor’s footsteps. All you need is one look at the design and you realize that it is going to create a wave in the auto industry. Jazz inherits the design theme from City. The design is brimming with juvenility. Jazz had bid goodbye to the fluidic old design. Now, Honda has chipped in a cutting edge design which ornate sharp lines and edges. Headlights which moves up to the sides, wide grille, resembles the City. The chrome lining finds its niche below the grille, which also boasts the Honda logo. The new bumper seems muscular. The big air dam sports a honeycomb mesh grille. This along with the fog lamps molds a sporty character out of Jazz.
The third gen Jazz is born on a new platform. 27% of the body parts are made from hard but low weighing steel. The new Jazz is 95mm longer than the old. Moreover, wheel base has been increased by 30mm. The boot capacity sums up to 363 liters and it becomes 884 liters with the back seat folded. Rear bumper adorned with Fox air vent, chrome bar in the tailgate, tail lamps which gives a 3D feel and the roof spoilers- man the rear of Jazz is sporty, you bet on your head!!! The tailgate design which goes towards the bumper, looks good. It is also easy to load and unload luggage. Jazz boasts 15 inch wheels.
Black interiors blended with silver inserts makes it feel sporty in the insides too. Interiors are primarily made up of hard plastic. The enhancement to the wheel base sure has its merits when it comes to the spacious interiors. More divergence can be seen inside, when compared to the old Jazz. Most parts are similar to the new City. And there is no need for introducing the quality and level of City. The meter console, dials, 5 inch touch screens makes it appear like City. Steering wheel consists of cruise and audio controls. Paddle shifts are also available in high end variants which can be expected in the Indian versions also. When it comes to storage space and head room, Jazz is staggeringly lavish. A slight disappointment is the absence of rear AC vent.
The engine used for test drive was 1.5 liter i-VTEC. It comes with a seven step CVT transmission. The maximum power is 117ps and torque about 146nm. The higher NVH standard proves that the engine is highly refined. Once the windows are closed, there is hardly any engine sound or other outer sounds coming inside. Indian version would be having the new generation ‘Earth dreams’ engine. As of now, Honda plans to launch three variants- 1.2 liter i-VTEC (petrol), 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel (found in Amaze) and the more powerful 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol engine. It will also have 5 speed CVT gear box.
Honda has provided the new Jazz with 6 air bags for the high end S Plus variant. Besides the air bag, Jazz also has Electronic Stability Program, Hill Start Assist, ABS and EBD features for ensuring adequate safety for the passengers. The low end variants consists of 2 air bags.
The Bottom Line
Honda has taken special care to meet the needs of the young generation. It is evidently visible in the third generation Jazz with oodles of features like sporty design, high build quality, performance and other thrilling facilities. The Indian version will see a slight difference in the engine and safety features. The difference in engine (as found in Amaze and Brio) can be attributed to the steps taken for reducing the price. Keeping that in mind, lower price, great design and high build quality will definitely be the key points to look for. To the mixture, when we add the brand image and reliability of Honda, Jazz will be a massive hit. For those who wish to own a stylish hatchback, wait till Jazz arrives. You can bet you won’t regret.