Performance is not a gimmick in Honda’s newly arrived Jazz Sport Hybrid. This time, they’ve even included their latest 7-speed dual clutch box which is integrated with a more compact electric motor at 30ps / 160nm. This hybrid system is now twice as powerful compared to its predecessor and when combined with its petrol 1.5L I-VTEC engine, makes a total of 137ps! and yes, it will come with paddle shifters!

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I-DCD 7-Speed DCT & Drive Motor

Honda calls it the I-DCD, short for Intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive Hybrid system. This is essentially a combination of drivetrain and electric drive assembly, powered by a lithium-ion battery with 1.5X the energy capacity or 50% more than its previous IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) powered predecessor, as seen in the previous Jazz or Civic Hybrid.

Drive in Full EV Mode

Yes, the Jazz Hybrid can now be driven in full electric mode where applicable. This is finally possitible with its independent positioning and functioning of both its electric motor and engine. Even at standstill in traffic, its air-con continues to blow chilled air, retaining cabin temperatures. This is possible via new motor driven air con compressor which wasn’t available back in the IMA hybrid days. Gone are the days of stale air during traffic jams then.

Tried, Tested and Tropicalized

Guess what, Malaysia is the only country outside of Japan to get the Jazz Hybrid, which is known as the Fit Hybrid. With our scorching temperatures, immense humidity and peak hour traffic, it would be imperative that these JDM continue to perform here. That’s exactly what the engineers at Honda Malaysia’s R&D facility were busy with in the recent 2 years.

They’ve tested the I-DCD Jazz Hybrid out on real world local roads worth over 7000km, which consists of heavy traffic, windy road and uphill routes. They’ve not only deemed it feasible here, but have made adjustments to perfect the Jazz Hybrid further to cater to Malaysian needs.


Only the Hybrid Get These

Shift By Wire

Unlike conventional automatics before, there’s no longer a shift gate for P,R,D in the Jazz Hybrid’s gear shift console. Instead it gets the Shift by Wire which means the knob acts like a joystick, pivoting in place to your desired gear position. Much like today’s BMWs or Porsches.

*ignore the Mugen shift knob, refer to the photo above to see how different and compact the Shift by Wire console typically look.

3D Speed Meter Design

The Jazz Hybrid’s instrument cluster gets Honda’s 3D Speed Meter multi function display which displays various details such as Energy Flow, Sport Meter, Fuel Economy, Drive Info, Customization and Eco Display

Cruise Control

There’s also cruise control function in the Jazz Hybrid which should contribute to fuel efficiency.


Prices

  • New Jazz Hybrid: RM87,500 (OTR with Insurance)
  • New Jazz Petrol S Variant: RM74,800 (OTR with Insurance)
  • New Jazz Petrol E Variant: RM81,000 (OTR with Insurance)
  • New Jazz Petrol V Variant: RM88,400 (OTR with Insurance)

Jazz with Mugen Pack

Honda also unveiled the Mugen Jazz Concept Car today, as a sneak preview to the public on what’s in store by October this year. The optional Mugen pack will be made available to potential Jazz buyers at RM5,670 which will consist of front, side and rear under spoiler and tailgate spoiler. However, other items you see in below photos that aren’t mentioned above may not make it to our market.

Hybrid Shades

The New Jazz Hybrid will be available in these colours:

  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • White Orchid Pearl

Hybrid Warranty

The new Jazz Hybrid will get a 5 year warranty with unlimited mileage at 10,000km service intervals via 91 authorised Honda dealers. It will also receive a 8 year warranty for its Lithium-Ion battery on top of the standard warranty.

Jazz Specifications

Models Honda Jazz 1.5L S Honda Jazz 1.5L E Honda Jazz 1.5L V Honda Jazz 1.5L Hybrid
Engine
Engine Type 4 Cylinders, 16 Valve, SOHC i-VTEC 4 Cylinders, 16 Valve, SOHC i-VTEC 4 Cylinders, 16 Valve, SOHC i-VTEC 4 Cylinders, 16 Valve, DOHC i-VTEC
Fuel Supply System Electronic Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) Electronic Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) Electronic Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) Electronic Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Displacement (cc) 1497 1497 1497 1496
Maximum Power [PS(kW)@rpm] 120(88)@6600 120(88)@6600 120(88)@6600 Engine: 110(81)@6,000
Motor: 30(22)@
1,313 – 2,000
Maximum Torque (Nm[kg-m]@rpm) 145(14.8)@4600 145(14.8)@4600 145(14.8)@4600 Engine: 134(13.7)@5,000
Motor: 160(16.3)@
0 – 1,313
Transmission
Transmission Type Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (7DCT)
Steering System
Type Electric Power Steering (EPS) Electric Power Steering (EPS) Electric Power Steering (EPS) Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Turning Radius at Body (m) 5.4 5.4 5.4 5.26
Brake System
Front Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
Rear Drum Drum Drum Drum
Suspension System
Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm) 3989 3989 3989 3989
Overall Width (mm) 1694 1694 1694 1694
Overall Height (mm) 1668 1668 1668 1668
Wheelbase (mm) 2530 2530 2530 2530
Tread Front (mm) 1492 1492 1476 1492
Tread Rear (mm) 1481 1481 1466 1481
Curb Weight (kg) 1079 1091 1099 1158
Ground Clearance (mm) 137 137 137 137
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litre) 40 40 40 40
Boot Capacity Rear Seat Up (Litre) 363 363 363 314
Boot Capacity Rear Seat Down (Litre) 881 881 881 835
Wheels and Tyres
Alloy Wheels 15″ 15″ 16″ 15″
Tyre Size 175/65 R15 175/65 R15 185/55 R16 175/65 R15
Spare Tyre 15″ 15″ 15″ Temporary Repair Kit

 

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