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Third Generation Honda Jazz Debuts In India With 1.5-litre i-DTEC Diesel, And 1.2-litre i-VTEC Petrol

Hans July 22, 2015 14:42

Over in India, 50 percent of all passenger cars sold are powered by diesel engines. Hence, in order to do well in India, it is imperative to have a diesel engine option.

The need to specify a diesel engine for the Indian market Honda Jazz – the only country to have a diesel Jazz – is the reason behind its delay in India, where the Jazz was launched two weeks ago.

The diesel Jazz is powered by a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine that delivers a claimed fuel economy of 27.3 km/litre. It develops 100 PS at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. The diesel Jazz is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Unlike our locally-assembled 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol CVT automatic Jazz, India’s petrol Jazz comes with a smaller 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine to take advantage of India’s excise duty structure that favours cars that are shorter than 4m in length, with petrol engines not exceeding 1.2-litre or diesel engines that are 1.5-litre or less.

The Jazz measures 3,955 mm long, just below India’s 4,000mm limit.

The 1.2-litre i-VTEC unit produces 90 PS at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm at 4,800 rpm. When paired to a CVT, it delivers a claimed 19 km/litre. A five-speed manual (18.7 km/litre, claimed) is also available.

To cope with India’s road conditions, the Indian market Jazz has a higher ground clearance – 165mm versus the Malaysia market Jazz’s 135mm. The Indian Jazz also features a different exhaust layout to cope with rough roads.

About Hans

As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.

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