Facelifted Honda Jazz introduced, new ‘Sport Hybrid’ join lineup

HONDA Malaysia Sdn Bhd (HMSB) today officially became the only country outside Japan to introduce Honda’s new advanced “Sport Hybrid i-DCD” system via the launch of its facelifted third-generation Jazz.

The new Jazz Hybrid is the only sport hybrid in Malaysia that is priced below RM90,000. The facelifted Jazz will be made available in both petrol and sport hybrid variants with the latter to be delivered to customers end of July 2017 onwards.

Speaking at the launch ceremony at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre this morning, HMSB managing director and CEO, Katsuto Hayashi, said: “The decision to launch the Sport Hybrid i-DCD in Malaysia is very much in line with the Malaysian Government’s aspiration to promote Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV). Being the pioneer to introduce hybrid technology in Malaysia back in 2004 and the first manufacturer to produce hybrid vehicles locally in 2012, we are committed to produce a good line-up of fun to drive yet fuel efficient vehicles as part of our support towards the government’s direction and initiatives for the automotive industry.”

HMSB stated that the new Jazz Hybrid is equipped with a new 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine combining seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with integrated high power motor to promote excellent acceleration for a sportier driving experience. Its new hybrid system is powered by a lithium-ion battery with 1.5 times its energy capacity which is 50% more powerful compared to its predecessor, the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system although it is -5.6% more compact in size. On the Sport-mode, with a press of the “S” button, the Sport Hybrid i-DCD provides maximum combined output of the engine and electric motor at a horsepower of up to 135.2hp, which is equivalent to a 1.8-litre engine. The electric power steering (EPS) has been enhanced which makes the vehicle more responsive and combined with the seven-speed DCT and the lithium-ion battery, the new Jazz Hybrid gives a fun, exhilarating and sporty drive.

“The new Jazz Hybrid also has an independent positioning and functioning of both electric motor and engine which allows excellent fuel performance and sportier driving experience by sustaining regenerative energy. The fuel-efficiency of the new Jazz Hybrid is recorded at four litres per 100km* and it could also be driven on full electric vehicle (EV) mode. The air-conditioning system of the Sport Hybrid i-DCD is driven by the motor compressor compared to IMA which exhibits capability to maintain cabin temperature at idle stops. This improved system allows a comfortable ride for everyone in the vehicle even during high traffic conditions.”

Hayashi also shared initiatives taken by Honda Malaysia’s local R&D facility here. “Our Malaysia R&D was set up in 2013 with the main purpose to ensure the vehicles offered here is suitable for the road condition and driving style of Malaysians. Prior to today’s launch, we had already tested and run this model in the past two years over more than 7,000km on Malaysian roads. The new Jazz Hybrid was tested on different road conditions such as heavy traffic, winding roads and uphill slopes. It has enabled us to perfect the vehicle and cater the new Jazz Hybrid to suit Malaysian road conditions and driving styles.”

The new Jazz Hybrid will be available in one variant and offers a couple of enhancements unique to the Hybrid model. Firstly, the shift-by-wire gear for smoother and sporty gear exchange for the Sport Hybrid i-DCD system. Next is the 3D “speed meter design (multi-information display) which displays a variety of information such as Energy Flow, Sport Meter, Fuel Economy, Drive Info, Customisation and Eco Display – all right at the driver’s line of vision. The new Jazz Hybrid also received cruise control for a better driving experience.

'Jazz Petrol'

The third-generation Jazz has been the segment leader with over 47,000 units sold in Malaysia since its launch in 2014. The facelifted “Jazz Petrol” (i.e. non-hybrid variants) is being powered by a 1.5L i-VTEC engine coupled with continuous variable transmission (CVT) which was developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology. This combined powertrain, according to Honda, makes the Energy Efficient Vehicle-certified vehicle able to give “a fun yet fuel-efficient drivability to the driver”.

The facelifted Jazz Petrol will be available in three variants – the S, E and V. New chrome front grille, new front and rear bumper design, push start button and smart entry, and “ECON” button will be made standard across all variants. Other enhancements include dual-tone alloy wheel for V variant, LED daytime running lights and reverse camera for both E and V variants.

The V variant will also be offered with paddle shift and cruise control for excellent and smooth driving experience, and half-leather seats for prolonged comfort in the vehicle. The E variant will receive an upgrade to touch panel auto air-conditioning. Both the E and V variants will carry the new 6.8-inch display audio.

Developed under Honda’s “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum” principle, the new Jazz lineup retains its iconic “Ultra Seats” with four modes – Utility, Long, Tall and Refresh – for space maximisation for the driver, passengers and goods they carry. The multi-configuration modes of the seats allow the car to be configured for all occasions, be it short or long distance driving. The Ultra Seats is a feature that is unique to the Jazz only and even with the intelligent power unit (IPU) placement underneath the cargo space in the hybrid Jazz, the Ultra Seat arrangements can still be maintained.

Equally well-equipped safety wise, the new Jazz lineup carries a five-Star Asean NCAP safety rating. Brake Assist (BA) and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) are available across all variants. The V variant maintain its six airbags while the E variant has been upgraded to four airbags. Similar to the E variant, the Jazz Hybrid now has four airbags. The Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) are now available across the E, V and Sport Hybrid variants.

The Jazz Petrol comes in five colours – Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Carnival Red, Taffeta White and Crystal Black Pearl whereas the Jazz Hybrid is available in Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and White Orchid Pearl.

Warranty for both the Jazz Petrol and Jazz Hybrid is maintained at five years with unlimited mileage at 10,000km service intervals at any of HMSB’s 91 authorised dealers nationwide. The Jazz Hybrid has an eight-year warranty for its lithium-ion battery on top of the standard warranty.

The Jazz Hybrid is priced at RM87,500. The Jazz Petrol prices are RM74,800 for S variant; RM81,000 for E variant and RM88,400 for V variant (all prices are on-the-road with insurance and GST).
HMSB believes that the strategic price positioning would be an appealing factor for the Jazz Petrol especially to “both single and married national upgraders, working adults and young executives” while the Jazz Hybrid is likely to attract “working adults considering their lifestyle daily usage”.

At the launch today, HMSB also showcased the new Jazz Mugen concept car to highlight the stylish outlook of Mugen accessory package. Results from surveys and research shows that the Mugen line-up is very well accepted due to its stylish appearance. The Mugen package will be offered at RM5,670 which includes front, side and rear under spoiler with tailgate spoiler, and will be available for customers in October. The Urban package will be priced at RM1,580 and the Utility Package will be priced at RM820.

Visit any of HMSB’s 91 authorised dealers nationwide or call the company’s toll free number at 1-800-88-2020, or log on to its website for more information.

*Based on UN R101 test result for Jazz Hybrid.