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2010-11-30 10:57

MORE ATTITUDE: The fresh-faced Honda Jazz gets a boost for 2011.

The popular Jazz gets a facelift comprising a fresher face and a few suspension improvements while also ushering in the Jazz Hybrid model and the mini-MPV's return to CVT.

The revised Jazz range includes a hybrid model, which Honda SA has previously said would be available in early 2011. Constantly variable transmission (or CVT) which was offered on the previous generation Jazz will be standard on the hybrid version and optional on petrol models.  

As for its appearance, the Jazz has new front and rear bumpers designed to reduce drag. This enhancement sees the Jazz’s aerodynamic coefficient fall from 0.336 to 0.330 Cd.

Despite its attractive new look and more aerodynamic body, Jazz’s clever interior packaging remains unchanged. The cabin sees a few revisions, though, with leather upholstery being used on Jazz for the first time, while chrome finishes for some interior trim is available too. According to Honda, the new leather and chrome trim gives the Jazz a “premium feel” so important to customers downsizing from larger, more upmarket vehicles.

All Jazz variants gain new, projector-style headlights, while four new colours are available across the range.

HYBRID: The differences in appearance between the Hybrid and "regular" Jazz models is pronounced. Note the Hybrid's Civic-like grille detail.


Also new is a darker dashboard material and the use of orange or blue backlighting for petrol and hybrid variants, respectively. Honda’s famed Magic Seats are now more comfortable, allowing passengers on the rear bench to recline their seats by up to 73mm.

Ride comfort and handling have also been addressed with suspension changes to the Jazz for 2011. Honda claims the new Jazz’s steering feel at higher speeds has been improved to provide firmer, more positive feedback as speeds increase.

The Jazz engine line-up is said to remain unchanged, although the addition of the Hybrid model will add an element of excitement. Jazz Hybrid uses the same 1.3-litre engine and IMA electric system as the Insight that will be in South African showrooms from December, 2010. Equipped with this system, the Jazz emits a mere 104g/km of carbon emissions. 

The updated Jazz range will be available in South Africa from the first quarter of 2011.

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