Did you notice? The Jazz has been with us for just over 13 years now and today it still stands as one of the most popular model in the hatchback segment.
And this was not just here in Malaysia, worldwide, the Jazz was received successfully by the people that Honda has reached a total global sales of 5.2 million units; and standing as one of Honda’s most successful model in the line-up.
Today – the compact little Honda Jazz hatchback is favoured by the Malaysian market, and seeing that the last generation has stayed with us in the market since 2008, it is about time for a fresh new model to keep the model up and alive. Marking its territory, today, the all-new 3rd generation Honda Jazz made its debut at the Symphony Lake Suit @ KLCC!
Sporting an all new, funky look that we think is undoubtedly fun and perky; the 3rd generation Jazz is set to continue to be the game changer in the compact hatchback segment according to Honda – with its highly-valued package of versatility, functionality and affordability.
Seeing its huge potential in the Malaysian market, Honda Malaysia made a strategic decision to locally assemble the Jazz models, beginning with the Jazz Hybrid in late 2012 and followed up with the petrol powered Jazz CKD that made the car absolutely competitive in the market segment here.
Following this, the all-new 3rd generation Jazz will be locally assembled at Honda Malaysia’s Pagoh Plant in Melaka – ensuring that this new model stays competitive in the market. With prices starting from just RM 72,800 (for the base model, S variant), it is likely that we will be seeing more of this funky little hatchback prowling on our streets very soon!
Sporting more than just new looks, the all-new Jazz comes fitted with an improved version of the 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine that produces 120ps and 145nm at its disposal; and mated with a newly designed CVT transmission that Honda says, works seamlessly with the new engine developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology.
Whilst the sporty looks and decent performance will be the car’s biggest selling point, Honda would like to stress the fact that the new model is also highly focused on the pursuit of fuel efficiency without sacrificing dynamic performance.
“The all-new Jazz is set to capture the hearts of customers who demand for a car that is fun yet versatile and functional to the needs of their multi-faceted lifestyles. The all-new Jazz comes in an appealing package that is ideal for many Malaysians, from college students and young executives to married couples and families.
The all-new Jazz is perfectly suited for any life scenario: work, leisure, sports, shopping and travelling. This Jazz is truly Honda’s most stunning Jazz to date.” said Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, Managing Director and CEO of Honda Malaysia.
With this – the 3rd generation Jazz carries Honda’s new design identity, the “Exciting H Design!” which makes the car look bold and sporty. Its exterior design concept of “Crossfade Monoform Exterior” is dynamically advanced while inheriting the characteristics unique to Jazz. From the the looks of it, we think they have most definitely achieved these goals.
The new Jazz will be offered in 3 different variants: the base model S variant which is priced at RM 72,800, the mid-range E variant which is priced at RM 79,800 and the highest spec V variant, which is priced at RM 87,800.
They all come with very different interior and exterior packages, which Honda Malaysia says will be able to cater for the different needs of the market.
At the same time, Honda Malaysia is offering an exterior upgrade package for all customers, with a choice between Modulo and Mugen which will equip the all-new Jazz with a sportier bodykit for those who want to stand a little different from the masses. These will be priced at RM 2,650 for the Modulo and RM 4,900 for the Mugen accordingly.
All 3 variants will be available in 5 different colours: the new Tinted Silver, Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, Taffeta White, Crystal Black Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic. It will come with a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage and with Honda’s wide covering of 3S centres nationwide, customers are assured of maximum satisfaction and quality services alongside.
We shall reserve on the nitty-gritty details on the way it drives until we get to experience it first hand ourselves. Surely, we can’t wait!
For more information, visit www.honda.com.my or any Honda dealers nationwide.
Words: Qhalis Najmi | Photos: Haznajims