Meet the 2014 Honda Jazz
Honda has stated in a press release that the new Jazz Hybrid is the most frugal hybrid car in Japan, returning a mileage of 36.4 km/l from its Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD). This is an improvement of 35% over the previous Jazz Hybrid. The hybrid Jazz uses the same aforementioned 1.5-litre engine mated to a 7-speed DCT offering three hybrid modes. It can run on EV mode alone till 40 km/hr but unfortunately, Honda will not launch the hybrid Jazz in India.
The third generation Honda Jazz will go on sale in Japan in September and is also known as the Honda Fit in many markets. The 2014 Honda Jazz is evidently longer and the increase in wheelbase further boosts interior room of the already spacious hatchback.
The exterior design of the new Jazz is influenced from bigger Hondas, namely the FCX Clarity, CR-V and to a certain extent even the NSX. The dashboard of the new Honda Jazz is certainly driver centric although we aren’t quite sure about the centre console.
Powering the Honda Jazz in India will be the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, which did duty on its predecessor. The new powertrain will of course be the frugal oil burner, which is already employed in the Amaze diesel. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC unit belts out a class leading 100 BHP of power with a respectable 200 Nm of torque. Both these engines help Honda keep the Jazz defined as a small car in India, resulting in excise duty benefits. The company has given the Honda Jazz better dynamics, improved interior room (the old Jazz was massively spacious already) and modern exteriors.[Motorbeam.com]
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