New Honda JazzJuly 29, 2008
Honda’s all-new Jazz goes on sale this autumn featuring a range of low emission, high economy petrol engines.
The Jazz – which has won over 30 industry awards – has a revised exterior design and a slightly larger body, resulting in more space.
Two new, low emission petrol engines adopt Honda’s i-VTEC variable valve timing technology – the 90PS 1.2-litre and 100PS 1.4-litre engines.
The 1.2-litre engine achieves 55.4mpg (combined), while CO2 emissions are also improved, at 120g/km, putting it in VED Band B.
The power output of the new 1.4-litre engine is up to 100PS with torque of 127Nm, and fuel economy from 54.3mpg (combined) for the manual model. CO2 emissions are as low as 123g/km.
There’s also the option of Honda’s next-generation 6-speed i-SHIFT automated manual transmission on the 1.4-litre engine – a first in this class. The unit is a development of the system first fitted to the Civic, improvements made include reduced gear change times, smoother shifts and more intelligent automatic mode shift logic. Equipped with this gearbox, the 1.4-litre Jazz achieves 54.3mpg, with some models recording just 120g/km of CO2 emissions – the same as the 1.2-litre car.
The new SIL (Shift Indicator Light) fitted to manual models, similar to that found on the new Accord, provides a visual prompt of the best gear shift points to maximise economy.
Ride comfort has been improved through a number of suspension revisions and a longer wheelbase (by 50mm) and wider front track (by 35mm) improve the car’s handling. Honda’s stability assist, VSA, is now available across the range.