At this year's Tokyo Motor Show, Japanese car giant Honda will unveil the next generation 2014 Jazz hatchback. The 2014 Jazz, also known as the Fit, will sit on an all-new platform that will underpin two other cars, the next generation City and the Jazz based compact SUV. The 2014 Jazz will be relaunched in India early next year, even as Honda has discontinued the current model on the back of poor sales. The next generation Jazz will be available with petrol and diesel engines, thus addressing a long standing void in the car's variant arsenal...that of a missing turbo diesel motor.
Here are a few speculative details emerging about the 2014 Jazz hatchback:
* The car is said to offer more space on the inside due to increased dimensions on the outside. Already one of the most spacious B+ segment hatchbacks due to brilliant packaging, the 2014 Jazz could take this theme a step further.
* The length of the car could go up by 6 centimeters, taking overall length to 3.96 meters.
* The wheelbase is said to increase by 8 centimeters, going up to 2.58 meters.
* A class-leading 400 liter boot is what's being projected for the 2014 Jazz.
With all these changes, the 2014 Jazz promises to be a highly versatile hatchback (think Magic Seats) in terms of the amount of space it offers. For the Indian car market, the 1.5 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine will be the much needed addition. We expect the next generation Jazz to be pitted straight at the Hyundai i20 in terms of price and equipment levels. Honda will have to price the 2014 Jazz competitively, and a high level of localization will certainly help matters.