Saturday, July 19, 2014

2014 All-New Honda Jazz Launched In Malaysia: Three Variants From RM73k

At long last, Honda Malaysia has finally taken the covers off the all-new 2014 Honda Jazz. The B-segment hotshot is available in three variants locally, with prices for the all-new model listed as such (all prices include insurance):
  •     Honda Jazz S: RM72, 800
  •     Honda Jazz E: RM79, 800
  •     Honda Jazz V: RM87, 800
*Out-going Honda Jazz Petrol: RM74,813
Buyer’s Guide:
Unless you’ve lived under a rock all this while, you’ll know that the Honda Jazz has always been one of the most space-efficient vehicles ever made, courtesy of the car’s compact suspension and engine bay, impressively ergonomic and practical interior, and well-balanced performance and fuel economy. The best part? All that we’ve just mentioned is available across all available variants.
2014 Honda Jazz
Even still, a key thing to note here is the Honda Jazz S variant’s super affordable price tag. Undeniably, local models like the Perodua Myvi have a new thing to worry about, with a much more equipped and practical Jazz hot on its heels.
  •     Engine: 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC
  •     Transmission: Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT automatic)
  •     Power: 120PS @ 6,600rpm
  •     Torque: 145Nm @ 4,600rpm
  •     Fuel consumption: 17.81 km/litre (manufacturer's data, New European Driving Cycle)
The all-new Honda Jazz features the same  powertrain  as the recently-launched all-new Honda City, which is also a carry forward of the previous-generation’s 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) however, is an all-new unit, also shared with the City (previous Jazz used a five-speed torque converter automatic). Engine performance figures are also match the City like for like. As a result of these powertrain upgrades, Honda states the new model is able to achieve up to 17.81km per litre of fuel.
Exterior Styling:
The all-new Jazz is now 55mm longer  than before (3,955mm total), whilst maintaining  its width (1,695 mm) and height (1,525 mm). Its wheelbase has however been extended by 30 mm, to 2,530 mm, thus allowing more space for its Ultra Seats to offer a new and fourth configuration, but more on that later.
But while the overall proportions of the car is largely retained, the all-new Jazz does adopt Honda’s new “Exciting H Design” front-end styling, and a few new curves all around that are shared between the variants. Unique to the Jazz V are a set of 16-inch alloys, where the Jazz S and E get 15-inchers.
With regards to the colour of the car, you may have seen the all-new Jazz in an attractive shade of yellow through news being posted on Live Life Drive, but don’t get too attached just yet: Honda Malaysia won’t be offering it here, yet. Good news then if you fancied the shade of Blue (brilliant sporty blue metallic) featured on the all-new City, because that will be available.
2014 Honda Jazz
Interior Design:
Inside, each of three Honda Jazz variants share large similarities, while of course, the more premium features are reserved for the higher-range Jazz E and Jazz V. Fabric seats are offered throughout, and so are Honda’s magic “Ultra Seats” which now folds in four different modes of use: Utility, Long, Tall and a new, fourth, Refresh mode – both the front  seats can be folded flat with the rear seats, turning it into a makeshift bed.

2014 Honda Jazz
Elsewhere, what you see here may also be quite familiar to you, with the Jazz sharing a similar design language with the all-new Honda City. In the base Jazz S, you get the same single-DIN audio head unit with four speakers, while the highest-spec Jazz V features the full-on seven-inch display audio system with six speakers, and touch panel auto air-conditioning.
The instrument cluster is slightly different from the City with triple binnacles, one being an LCD display for the trip computer. And in case you were wondering, there are a total of NINE cupholders in the all-new Jazz.
Just like the City, the all-new Honda Jazz kicks things off with a respectable amount of safety features, which humbly begins in the Jazz S with dual front airbags, ISOFIX child-seat anchors, an anti-lock braking system, electronic brake distribution and brake assist.
All the way up to the Jazz V, and there’s a list that’s further commendable, and includes a total of six airbags, a Vehicle Stability Assist system (Honda’s equivalent of an ESC/ESP), Hill-Start Assist and more.

2014 Honda Jazz
Mugen And Modulo Bodykits
Honda is also offering optional RM4, 900 Mugen and RM2, 650 Modulo package for those of you who want to spice up your Jazz. The Mugen kit consists of a front under spoiler, Mugen-specific alloy wheels, a rear under spoiler, side under spoilers, a rear spoiler and Mugen emblem.
The cheaper Modulo package however adds only a front under spoiler, a rear under spoiler, side under spoilers and sports pedals. Both Mugen and Modulo kitted Jazz get the regular three-knob air conditioning control, rather than the touchscreen one.
2014 Honda Jazz
Buyer’s Guide:
There really isn’t any dispute about the all-new 2014 Honda Jazz’s appeal, ability, practicality and affordability. In the past, it’s been a timeless solution for everyday urban mobility, and now, while the all-new Jazz may not offer more than a handful of changes from before, it’s an evolution of a formula that’s been tried, tested and loved all over.
And because the Jazz now comes in three guises, there really is something for everyone. The flocks of buyers who’ve naturally swayed towards the Perodua Myvi will have a whole new thing to consider, with the all-new Jazz’s cost of ownership nearly matching what some Myvi variants offer.
The new Jazz is offered in five colour choices - Brilliant Sporty Blue, Taffeta White, Crystal Black Pearl, Tinted Silver and Modern Steel Metallic. Customers also get a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Options for the new Jazz include:
  •     DVD Navigation Package - RM3, 220
  •     Utility Package - RM1, 250
Check out's 2014 Honda Jazz Info Hub for everything you need to know about the all-new B-segmenter.
Key spec highlights of each variant:
2014 Honda Jazz S
  •     Halogen headlights
  •     LED tail lights
  •     Amber multi-info display
  •     Single-DIN audio
  •     Four speakers
  •     Dual front SRS airbags
  •     ABS, EBD, BA
2014 Honda Jazz E adds to the above:
  •     Front grille in high-gloss black with chrome plating
  •     Keyless entry with push start button
  •     Steering wheel audio controls
  •     Power adjustable door mirrors
  •     Standard Audio system
  •     Hill-start assist
  •     Emergency Stop Signal
  •     Vehicle Stability Assist
2014 Honda Jazz V adds to the above:
  •     Door mirrors with turn signals
  •     Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  •     Power retractable wing mirrors
  •     7-inch Display Audio sound system
  •     Touch Panel Auto air-conditioning
  •     Dual USB sockets
  •     HDMI socket
  •     Voice and Hands-Free steering switch controls
  •     Six airbags

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