A few days ago, Honda Cars India surprised many an Indian car buyer by discontinuing the current generation Jazz. Just as the current generation model of this hugely practical hatchback bows out of India, a new generation model will be unveiled for global markets. The next generation 2014 Honda Jazz is all set to make an appearance at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show scheduled to be held in November. The next generation Jazz will be underpinned by a brand new platform, a platform that the hatchback will share with two other cars, the 2014 City sedan and the Jazz-based compact SUV.
Unlike the current generation Jazz, the next gen model of this hatchback will be capable of playing host to a turbo diesel engine. This will also be the case with the likes of the 2014 City sedan and the upcoming compact SUV. In that light, Honda Cars India might relaunch the 2014 Jazz in India sometime next year as the lack of a turbo diesel engine proved to be one of the biggest handicap of the dud selling current generation Jazz in India. The next generation Jazz is expected to feature sharper styling with inspiration drawn from the Honda’s Urban compact SUV.
In fact, the design language that the Honda Urban SUV brings to the table is expected to be the direction that future Honda cars would take. While the styling of the next generation Jazz promises to be sharper than ever, the practicality quotient of this hatchback is expected to be retained as it is as the Jazz’s biggest selling point has been the sheer practicality this hatchback brings to the equation. The Indian car market is also expected to play host to the next generation 2014 Honda City sedan and the production version of the Honda Urban SUV concept.
While the 2014 City will further Honda’s presence in India’s C-Segment sedan space, the Urban SUV is expected to be Honda’s entry into the big growth compact SUV segment populated by the likes of the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster. In India, Honda will be betting big on the 1.5 Liter turbo diesel engine, a common thread that’s expected to connect the next generation models of the Jazz, the City and the Honda Urban SUV. The 1.5 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine will be built in India and will have a high level of localization.