New Honda Jazz to be equipped with a CVT automatic; launch in June
The 2015 Honda Jazz will be launched in the Indian market in June 2015. Honda`s premium hatchback did not perform as expected when it was launched for the first time in the country. The high pricing played spoilsport last time around but I guess the Japanese carmaker has learnt its lessons as India is a very price sensitive market.
This time around the new Jazz has the optional advantage of a diesel motor which will surely lure the buyers. One additional trick the Jazz will deploy to entice consumers is the CVT gearbox which it will borrow from the City sedan.
The diesel Jazz will be powered by a 1.5 litre motor which bangs out 100bhp and 200Nm of twisting force. This is the same motor that does duty in the Mobilio, City and the Amaze. The petrol variants of the 2015 Honda Jazz will use the tried and tested 1.2 i-VTEC motor coupled to a 5 speed manual transmission and an automatic CVT gearbox. CVT `s are quite famous for the rubber band effect and are not fun to drive, but Honda has cleverly resolved this issue by using a slender and compact torque converter on the Jazz`s gearbox. As a result if you`ve driven the new City you won`t find the lack of torque at lower revs and even the engine is quite responsive.
The Jazz is a successful product in the global markets with its roomy cabin and clever packaging. This time around the hatchback will be manufactured locally and even the engines will be produced in India, hence Honda should be able to price the Jazz at par with the competition.