UPDATE 1: See how the 2014 Honda Jazz stacks up against the competition (6/25).
Honda Cars Philippines is continuing its product-led comeback with the release of the all-new, third-generation Jazz—the sub-compact hatchback that promises to be the only car you need for all the lives you need. Dynamically styled with an intelligently designed interior, the all-new Jazz also promises to be one of the sportiest, most fuel-efficient cars in its segment.
Outside, the all-new 2014 Jazz is the latest addition to Honda’s Exciting H!!! design portfolio. The taut bodylines carry a very futuristic vibe that creates a distinct visual impact. The all-new Jazz features a lower ride height and together with the hard character creases, creates a look that emphasizes stability. Upfront, the all-new Jazz’s headlight cluster and front grille were designed to look as one giving it a wide, angular, and almost Storm Trooper-like look that unmistakable. New 16-inch alloy wheels (on the VX and VX+) with a two-tone multi-spoke design give it just the right dash of sportiness. At the side, the Jazz features side mirror turn signal indicators (for VX and VX+) while at the back, the rear spoiler and LED taillights (VX and VX+) cut a mean figure.
Inside, the all-new 2014 Jazz carries a wealth of special features which are high-tech. With the controls canted towards the driver, the all-new Jazz features the same touch screen display audio and climate control from the City. In addition, the Jazz also features HDMI and USB connectivity including smartphone mirroring. Other new features of the Jazz include a plusher soft-touch console panel, a Smart Key keyless entry system with push-button start/stop, and steering wheel audio controls.
However, the Jazz has always been known for its impressive flexibility when it comes to cargo carrying and the all-new model is no different. The all-new Jazz maximizes its size with the debut of the ULTR mode. The ULTR increases the Jazz’s versatility to suit a wide variety of passenger and hauling needs. In ‘Utility’ mode, the rear seats can fold in a 60/40 split to carry bulky objects such as luggage or groceries; in ‘Long’ mode, the front seat and fold and form a pass-thru to the backseats enabling the Jazz to swallow long times such as a surf board; in ‘Tall’ mode, the rear seat cushions can fold up enabling it to fit high and sizable payloads such as plants; and finally, in ‘Refresh’ mode, the front driver’s seat and rear passenger seat form a continuous piece for that quick catnap on the road.
Honda has now been taking the lead in the safety segment, and the all-new Jazz is no different. Among the available standard safety features include 6 airbags, anti-lock brakes with EBD and brake assist, vehicle stability assist, hill start assist, emergency stop signal (where the hazards flash automatically during a panic brake), and a multi-view reverse camera with dynamic guidelines.
Under the hood, the all-new Jazz shuns the 1.3-liter motor (like the City) for a purely 1.5-liter line-up. The proven 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine from the second-generation Jazz is retained but is further improved for better response, fuel efficiency, and cleaner emissions. Output remains the same at 120 horsepower and torque is at a healthy 145 Nm. Like the City, the Jazz now shifts to Honda’s next-generation CVT technology featuring Earth Dreams technology. The Earth Dreams CVT features paddle shifters (for 7 virtual gears). Fans of manual transmissions will love to hear that Honda is still offering the 1.5-liter engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox for the base 1.5 V variant. All variants of the Jazz come with the ECON button and the ambient light coaching meter for improved fuel efficiency.
The all-new Jazz is available in a range of six colors: Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver (V only), Attract Yellow (VX and VX+), Vivid Sky Blue Pearl (VX and VX+), Rallye Red, and Modern Steel Metallic (VX and VX+). Prices for the 2014 Jazz start at: P 768,000 for the 1.5 V M/T, P 808,000 for the 1.5 V CVT, P 908,000 for the VX CVT, and P 948,000 for the VX+ CVT. The VX CVT model will arrive in August.