|Honda Malaysia today announced the locally-assembled petrol Jazz 1.5-liter for the market. Based on the second-generation Honda Jazz, the CKD (Completely-knocked Down) Jazz 1.5l is a follow-up from the widely accepted Jazz Hybrid which was introduced in late November last year.|
With the Jazz 1.5l CKD initiative, Honda M’sia’s Pegoh plant in Malacca will soon be active with simultaneous production of the Honda Jazz 1.5l and Jazz Hybrid variants. A no.2 line in the plant will begin operations in the fourth quarter of the year. The active production lines were first revealed in July last year and would absorb an investment cost of approximately RM350 million. Honda M’sia aims to hit a capacity of 100,000 units when the current and upcoming production lines are up and running. The company also plans to assemble more variants in the near future.
Aesthetically, the Honda Jazz 1.5l doesn’t differ a whole lot from the Hybrid version. The Jazz 1.5l takes up a black mesh front grille with the customary Honda emblem and refreshed bumper, instead of the Hybrid single piece chrome front grille ornament. The front foglights are placed nearer to the bottom grille. At the side, the sloping front towards the windscreen is a unique characteristic of the Jazz variant and a side window signal light. The rear of the Jazz 1.5l inherits motifs from the second-generation Jazz and the Hybrid version, although LED-designed 3-tier rearlights in silver and matte black shades are incorporated for the first time. Lastly, 15-inch wheels complete the overall impression of the Jazz 1.5l petrol. To spruce the Jazz 1.5l, Honda offers the Jazz Modulo Aerokit package.
Key features inside the Jazz 1.5l include; Blue-Black upholstery, reclining Ultra rear seats, integrated audio system with AUX and USB port, keyless entry, 10-cup holders, and sizable boot space.
The Honda Jazz 1.5l runs on a 1.5-liter i-VTEC powerplant that’s matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox has SHC (Shift Hold Control) that reduces unnecessary gear changes in cornering and it supplies quicker acceleration after cornering.
Important safety features retained are the G-Force Control Technology (G-CON) body structure, VSA, the Dual SRS Airbags, 3-point ELR safety belts, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist.
Yoichiro Ueno, Honda Malaysia’s Managing Director and CEO, commented, “Early this year, we established a new R&D Center in Malaysia, which specializes in matching local parts design. With the support from this new R&D center, we are increasing our local content across all line-up.”
“Honda is proud to be a part of the Malaysian automotive industry and to work hand in hand with local business partners towards our mutual development and success. We are committed to continue our growth in Malaysia by providing products with the highest quality and performance to our customers. The pricing is Honda Malaysia’s own initiative to support the industry in Malaysia,” Ueno-san added.
The Honda Jazz 1.5l petrol is offered in four body shades; Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Sparkling Brown Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl, at a very affordable price of RM 74,800.00 (on-the-road with insurance), including 3-year or 100,000 km warranty, and an optional 6-month or 10,000 km free service package. Honda M’sia even worked out an estimated cost of owning a Honda Jazz 1.5l; based on a projected 90% loan payable over a 9-year period, the monthly repayment for a Honda Jazz 1.5l is as low as RM755.