In today's climate of high petrol costs, small cars are rapidly increasing in popularity as Aussie motorists move away from large cars and SUVs to something a little more frugal.
The timing then for Honda's Australian release of the second-generation Honda Jazz could not be more perfect, as its spacious interior, light weight and thrifty engine line-up looks to be just the thing to give cash-strapped motorists some relief at the petrol pump.
The look of the 2009 Honda Jazz may be familiar to most of you, but the sheetmetal is all new. It's a little chunkier than the outgoing model and the front now sports an almost Civic Type R-ish visage. The tailgate is a little less squared-off than the old model too and the sides are a little more dynamic than the featureless slabs of the 1st-gen Jazz, thanks to more pronounced rear fender flaring and a few strategically-placed body creases.
The new Jazz comes in three trim levels: the base GLi with a 73kW 1.3-litre engine, the more powerful VTi which comes with an 88kW 1.5-litre inline four and side and curtain airbags; and the top-spec VTi-S, which adds a sportier front and rear bumper, side skirts, cruise control, leather steering wheel and 16-inch alloys to the VTi's equipment.
ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution and dual front airbags are standard across the Jazz range, however you'll need to check the box for an optional Safety Pack if you want side and curtain airbags on the GLi.
While sub-100kW power outputs wouldn't even excite your great-grandmother, the new Jazz's engine lineup's biggest drawcard lies indisputably in its fuel economy. The 1.3-litre sips just 5.8 litres per 100km when equipped with the 5-speed manual, while the 1.5-litre needs just 6.4 litres to travel the same distance with the same gearbox.
The 2009 Jazz can also be optioned with a newly-developed 5-speed automatic, the only one of its kind in the compact car segment. The automatic VTi-S also gets a pair of steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for rowing through the ratios.
The suspension has also undergone some changes for 2009. Steering geometry has been revised to endow the Jazz with a 9.8 metre turning circle, while new suspension bushes and a redesigned rear torsion beam improve handling.
Honda Australia has made no mention of when the exact release date is, or of the pricing for the various models, but we'll be sure to let you know as soon as the information comes to hand. For now though, you can read more about the 2009 Honda Jazz in the press release below.
Innovation, Technology & Versatility Continue in Honda’s Quintessential Light Hatch
The Honda Jazz has been a global success for Honda with over 2.5 million sold since its debut in 2001.
The Jazz is produced in five countries and sold in over 115, ranking it alongside the Civic as one of Honda’s most widely sold models.
Now, some six years later Honda Australia introduces the second-generation Jazz with new levels of styling, performance, driving dynamics and ride quality while maintaining its renowned packaging, functionality and versatility, making this new Jazz Honda’s most refined light hatch ever.
Three variants are offered – a 1.3-litre Jazz GLi and two 1.5-litre i-VTEC models, Jazz VTi and VTi-S. All are Euro 4 compliant and run on 91RON standard unleaded fuel.
Jazz GLi comes with a raft of standard features, including power windows and mirrors, central locking and single in-dash CD stereo. The entry level Jazz has a
comprehensive array of safety equipment – ABS brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), dual front airbags and front seatbelt pre-tensioners are standard.
An optional ‘Safety pack’ is offered comprising side and curtain airbags, and a multiinformation display which includes a speed alarm, trip computer and seatbelt
reminder for all passengers.
The mid-range Jazz VTi gets the larger, more powerful 1.5 litre engine in addition to side and curtain airbags, the multi-information display, a security alarm system and a vanity mirror for the front passenger.
The top-of-the-range Jazz VTi-S is given the sports makeover with sport front and rear bumpers, side skirts and 16 inch alloy wheels.
Honda has infused more power into the new Jazz range demonstrating that spirited performance and light car dynamics need not be dull. Two engines power Jazz – the GLi features Honda’s advanced 1.3-litre SOHC engine, (now with i-VTEC technology) to provide the best balance of fuel economy and lively performance. It now delivers 73kW (up 12kW) and 127Nm, (up 8Nm).
The 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine delivers fuel economy figure of 5.8 litres per 100kms and produces just 138gCO2/km when fitted with the manual transmission.
Jazz GLi has a 5-speed manual or optional, 5-speed automatic transmission, (unique to the segment) with Honda’s Grade Logic Control.
Both the Jazz VTi and VTi-S are powered by a 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine that has an output of 88kW (up 7kW) and 145Nm (up 2Nm). Fuel economy is similarly frugal, achieving a combined 6.4L/100km and just 151g/km in manual form.
Both VTi and VTi-S are available with 5-speed manual transmission and Honda’s new 5-speed automatic transmission, that also allows the driver to manually
operate the gears via paddles on the steering wheel (VTi-S only).
While the second-generation Jazz retains the same suspension layout as the previous generation, (McPherson strut front and Torsion Beam rear for maximum
packaging efficiency), significant improvements have been incorporated to enhance the overall ride quality, handling, agility and ultimately the driving experience.
The rear H-shaped torsion beam has been re-designed and has also received new larger bushings, improved spring lever ratio and extended trailing arm lengths.
While the Honda designed McPherson strut compact front suspension has been improved thanks to new castor geometry and bushes, the turning circle is 9.8
metres (GLi and VTi).
An upgraded version of Honda’s Electric Power Steering (EPS) is standard across the Jazz range.
The overall utility of the Jazz has been one of its strengths and the secondgeneration Jazz has lost none of its flexibility, making it one of the most user friendly cars in the light car segment.
Once again Honda’s engineers were meticulous in maximising useable room ensuring not a millimetre of available space is wasted.
Honda Managing Director & CEO Mr Yasuhide Mizuno said the arrival of the second generation Jazz has been widely anticipated by Honda, its dealers and
“The first generation Jazz was an instant hit for Honda around the world. It has sold strongly since its introduction in Australia in October 2002 and we expect the second-generation Jazz, with its improved performance and dynamics to continue as a front runner in the light car segment.”
“We know from previous experience this car will have massive appeal for buyers seeking a vehicle with personality, design excellence and, of course, Honda’s
Sales & Marketing
Since its debut in Australia, October 2002 the Jazz has been one of Honda’s most successful models with sales in excess of 51,000 units. The first-generation Jazz has received praise for its versatility, styling, functionality, performance, fun to drive character and fuel economy.
With the arrival of the second-generation Jazz, Honda expects to attract many new customers to the Honda brand as well as many current Jazz owners wanting to update to the new model range.
They will be impressed by the comprehensive features, economy, bold new styling, safety and the outstanding value for money the Jazz offers.
Honda’s second-generation Jazz has been an instant hit in every market launched so far.
In Japan for example, the Jazz has been the number one selling car every month from October 2007 to June 2008.
The new Jazz provides the perfect balance of youthful styling, driving fun, high equipment levels, interior flexibility and overall versatility to be the ideal partner for
people’s hectic lifestyle.
The Jazz also has broad appeal to all age segments who appreciate the versatility of the Jazz and its ability to be both a highly-competent urban runabout and a
• All-new 1.3-litre 4-valve i-VTEC SOHC engine delivering [email protected] and
• Euro 4 compliant
• 5.8 litres/100km combined (Manual Transmission) 138g/km
• 6.6 litres/100km combined (Automatic Transmission) 157g/km
• A 5-speed manual or the all-new 5-speed automatic transmission - unique to the segment
• McPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension
• Dual front airbags
• Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
• Front seatbelt pretensioners
• Front ventilated disc brakes and rear solid disc brakes
• Upgraded Electric Power Steering (EPS)
• Halogen headlights
• Roof mounted antenna
• 60/40 split-fold rear seats with one-touch fold down action
• Flexible seating design including collapsible flat load floor
• Large cargo area of 337 litres (seats up) or 848 litres (rear seats folded)
• Centrally mounted fuel tank
• Compact dimensions with short nose design
• Multi information display including odometer, trip meter, average fuel economy and estimated range, speed alarm, seat belt reminder for all occupants (Safety Pack option only)
• Centre console with integrated storage pockets
• Single in-dash CD player, four speakers, AM/FM tuner & MP3 and WMA
• Central locking
• 10 cupholders
• Power windows
• Power mirrors
• Body coloured mirrors and door handles
• Fuel lid that locks with central locking
• Three rear head restraints
• Luggage cover
• Luggage hooks in rear cargo bay
• Driver and passenger map lights
• Driver vanity mirror
• Driver footrest
• Tilt and telescopic steering
• Dust and pollen cabin filter
• Auxiliary jack
• Speed-sensitive volume compensation (SVC)
As per GLi, plus:
• 5-speed manual transmission or 5-speed automatic transmission
• Multi information display including odometer, trip meter, average fuel economy and estimated range, speed alarm, seat belt reminder for all occupants
• Passenger vanity mirror
• Security alarm system
• Side airbag with Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
• Curtain airbag
As VTi, plus:
• Front and rear sports bumper
• Side skirts
• 16 inch alloy wheels
• Leather covered steering wheel
• Cruise control
• Driver’s seat arm rest (auto only)