2008 Honda Jazz: Compact Ideas
Motoring Channel Staff - 29/July/2008
2008 Honda Jazz
Honda's new Jazz will incorporate a new 6-speed
auto transmission that is more efficient than a CVT
Having grown in length and width, the
'08 Honda Jazz's versatility has improved
With some of the lowest CO2 emissions and fuel usage
rates of around 5.1L/100km, the Honda Jazz is frugal
The interior of the 2008 Honda Jazz
features a sporty new steering wheel
With even more interior space, Honda will be
spruiking the Jazz as one of the roomiest in class
The Mugen upgrades for 2008 Honda Jazz
Tokyo, Japan — Launched at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda is readying the new Jazz compact car (aka Honda Fit) for international sales.
It is expected to arrive in Australia later in 2008, and is headed for Europe soon.
compact car has grown in size and it's new 'Ultra Seats' (sometimes
called magic seats) can even be arranged into a makeshift bed for tired
Like the Civic, the Jazz is one of Honda's best selling vehicles
world-wide and an important vehicle for the company. If the Jazz does
well, Honda does well.
The previous generation Honda Jazz totalled sales of more than two million units since it launched in 2001.
Australia was one of the first countries to add the compact car to its range, and the Honda
Jazz VTi was the first CVT-equipped vehicle the Motoring Channel road tested, back in June 2003.
new model gets a longer wheelbase, increased by around 50mm, which
adds more interior room (rear leg room will benefit) and it also gets a
new exterior design.
Japan the Honda Jazz will be packed with a 1.3-litre 4-cylinder engine. Gearbox
types for the new car include a 5-speed manual, 5-speed auto and
drivers can choose from a super efficient 1.2-litre engine that uses
just 5.1L/100km combined, with super low CO2 emissions of 120g/km.
The tiny 66kW (90hp) 1.2-litre engine may come to Australia, but the 1.3- and 1.4-litre engines are more likely.
new new 1.4-litre engine (74kW, 127Nm) is likely to replace the
previous 1.5-litre mill, and has fuel economy of 5.1L/100km when
equipped with the i-Shift semi-automated manual transmission, which is
down from 5.9L/100km for the previous CVT.
new 'automated manual transmission' replaces the CVT in the new Jazz,
and has 6-speeds. According to Honda, "the gearbox offers better
fuel economy than is possible with either a true automatic or a CVT
(continuously variable transmission)."
The frontal design of the new Honda Jazz borrows a few
styling cues from the Honda Civic Hatch, while gaining a far more
The side profile of the new Honda Jazz isn't
too different from its predecessor, though does have a slightly more
swept look as the roof tapers downwards at the rear.
interior has also benefitted from a number of changes, foremost of
which is the high tech steering wheel, borrowed from the Honda Civic
models. Much of the interior looks borrowed from the Civic,
including the instrument cluster and dials.
Jazz has been stretched by 55mm taking its length to 3.9 metres, and
it's wider by 20mm for a total width of 1.695 metres, which allows the
new compact car to occupy "its own unique niche between superminis
and compact MPVs" says Honda, highlighting the new model's increased
The new Honda Jazz, known as the Honda Fit in North America, will compete against some
tough domestic rivals in the form of the new Mazda2, the Toyota
Yaris, and the Nissan Micra.
of the new model have begun in Japan and meanwhile a Honda
Australia spokesman said that the new Jazz is "definitely
coming" to Australia, but that it's too early for any specifics such
as price, standard features and so forth.
Honda Australia expects the new model to
arrive Down Under in late 2008.
One Very Fit Mugen
official tuner Mugen (think HSV, AMG, Nismo, TRD etc) has also released
images of the modifications it makes to the new 2008 Honda Jazz. These
include two body kits, the first of which is the RS. The L/G Aero
kit isn't quite as visually bold, but both add ground effects such as
new front and rear aprons, side skirts and garnishes like shiny exhaust
outlets and spoilers.
The Mugen upgrades will also
add larger wheels which, alongside tighter suspension, will improve the
new compact car's grip and handling for drivers who like it
At this stage the Mugen options are only
going to be offered in Japan after the launch of the new Jazz. An
exhaust upgrade is available, but engine tuning doesn't appear on
the Mugen upgrade list.
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