The Honda Jazz is getting ready for its second innings in India in a new avatar and armed with a diesel engine this time around. The new Honda Jazz retains the profile of the older model but gets an all new exterior and interior styling which is in line with Honda‘s current design language. The Honda Jazz will be a direct rival to the Hyundai Elite i20 which is one of the best looking hatchbacks in the market right now. But unlike the i20, the Jazz gets slightly more unconventional minivan-like styling which helps in maximising space. Read our 2015 Honda Jazz India Review – Design to know more about the styling of the upcoming hatchback from Honda.
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The exterior styling of the Honda Jazz is more MPV than hatchback with its short and steeply raked bonnet. The A-pillar flows down very neatly into the sculpted bonnet. The new Jazz gets horizontal headlamps surrounding a thick black slab which houses the Honda insignia outlined by a thin strip of chrome which looks neat. Thankfully, it does not get a gaudy chrome finish like the Honda City. The air intake has been placed at the lower end of the bumper finished in all black surrounded by trapezoidal cutouts for the fog lamps. Honda has kept things relatively simple up front and it is definitely the most attractive viewing angle of the Honda Jazz.
Move on to the side and you will notice a very strong character line which starts from the front wheel arches and neatly flows into the tail lamps. It helps in reducing some of the bulkiness of the design. The 10-spoke alloy wheel design looks good, but we prefer the slightly darker shade of grey the previous gen Jazz’s alloys came in. The side mounted ORVMs come with ver neatly integrated turn signals.
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The rear is easily the most bulky part of the Honda Jazz and also the most fussy in terms of design. The overall styling is slightly more angular than the rest of the car, especially the tail lamps and bumper. The faux red element extends them up to the roof and gives them a very Volvo-like appearance. The black cutouts in the rear bumper compliment the ones in front and help reduce some of the bulkiness from the design. It would have been really cool if Honda had integrated the exhaust with them. The other noticeable element at the back is the elongated tailgate which facilitates easy loading of heavy cargo thanks to a lower loading lip. There is a thick chrome element placed below the rear windshield and a slightly oversized spoiler at the top.
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Step inside and you will notice interiors that scream Honda. The asymmetric dash is reminiscent of the Honda City and might not be to everyone’s liking. But then again, based on the City’s popularity the Indian audience seems to like it. The top of the line variants get a thick slab finished in glossy black which houses the touchscreen audio system and touch sensitive buttons for the automatic climate control. A bit gimmicky we feel.
The instrument cluster is one of the best we have seen in a while and looks really good when lit. The cup holder placed in front of the driver side AC vent to keep your drink cool is a neat touch. Interior space is the Honda Jazz’s forte. It is easily the most spacious hatchback in its class with great legroom, shoulder room and headroom. The top spec trims get all black interiors while the lower spec trims get beige upholstery. We prefer the all black as it looks very classy.
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The Honda Jazz might not be as good looking as the Hyundai i20, but it is definitely a very good looking car with unique exteriors and interiors. The design should find acceptance among the Indian car buyers and the Honda Jazz could quickly make its way to the top of the sales charts. As always, pricing will be crucial and will be unveiled at the launch which will take place on 8 July 2015.
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