Honda Jazz Si

The Honda Jazz Si made its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This new version combines the space, versatility and frugal running costs of the existing Jazz 1.4 i-VTEC but with increased dynamic appeal. The retuned suspension is echoed by styling revisions inside and out.

Developed by Honda Research and Development Europe and manufactured in the UK, the Jazz Si will broaden the scope of the Jazz range, helping it appeal to a new generation of customers.

Underscoring the sharp appearance of the Jazz Si is a unique body kit. This consists of new front and rear bumpers, with deep valances and prominent side skirts. Stylish diamond-cut 16-inch alloy wheels are fitted with low-profile tyres, while front foglights, dark-tinted privacy glass and a straight exhaust tailpipe complete the transformation.

Inside, the Jazz Si has black and silver supportive seats, with the addition of a sporty leather-trimmed steering wheel.

To ensure the Jazz Si has substance as well as style, revised suspension settings have been adopted. New dampers are combined with a larger front anti-roll bar to improve straight-line stability and body control. The electric power-steering system has also been modified for improved feel and response to meet the needs of a younger, more enthusiastic type of driver. This has been achieved without undermining one of the strengths of the Jazz – its refined and comfortable ride.

Standard Jazz Si equipment includes automatic climate control, cruise control, front fog lights, LED rear combination lamps, remote audio controls on the steering wheel, tweeters, USB socket, trip computer, powered and retractable door mirrors, height-adjustable seat, and electric windows, with an auto-up function for the driver,– along with the unrivalled flexibility bestowed by the Jazz’ Magic Seats.

One of the key considerations for Honda’s designers and engineers during the development of the Jazz Si was to preserve the key strengths that owners of the existing Jazz enjoy about their car.

The Jazz Si is powered by Honda’s familiar 1.4-litre i-VTEC 100PS (73kW) engine, acclaimed for its performance and high fuel economy. This four-cylinder unit develops its maximum power at 6,000rpm and has a peak torque output of 127Nm at 4,800rpm.

It’s paired with either a five-speed manual or CVT transmission. This is the same transmission variant offered with the conventional models

In five-speed manual form the Jazz Si has the acceleration as the traditional models and has a top speed of 182km/h.

Along with the greater dynamism bestowed by the suspension revisions, the Jazz Si retains the easy-to-drive character, smooth controls, comfortable ride and long-distance refinement of every Jazz. The Jazz Si is therefore the best of all worlds – a small car that can effortlessly cover long distances, but that is also fun to drive.

The excellent safety of the Jazz remains a key component of the Jazz Si, too. It employs Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which compensates for collisions between vehicles of different sizes and deflects crash energy away from the passenger cabin.

ACE body structure is part of a comprehensive package that helped the Jazz achieve a maximum five-star safety rating in Euro-NCAP crash tests. Standard protection features include Honda’s VSA stability control system and anti-lock brakes to help the driver avoid an accident. Should a collision prove unavoidable, however, there are six airbags, three-point seatbelts all round, with reminders to warn the driver if someone has failed to put their seatbelt on, anti-whiplash head restraints and ISOFIX child-seat tethers and top anchors.

The Si variant of the Jazz was developed and engineered entirely in Europe and is a regular production model rather than a limited-edition special.

A Genuine Accessories range has been developed to enable Honda’s customers to easily identify their individual requirements.

Interior accessories include floor carpets and door-step garnishes. Alloy wheels and some chrome items, such as door mirror covers and a tailgate garnish enhance the exterior look of the car.

Jazz accessories also offer the new Honda SD Navigation system with its 6.1 WVGA touchscreen featuring multi-sensor navigation to perfectly pinpoint your position even when you’re in a tunnel. Map coverage for 34 EU countries is updatable via SD card, and Voice Commands and Menus are available in 12 languages. Bluetooth®, iPod®, iPhone® and tablet connectivity complete the modern driving convenience offered by the SD navigation system.

Source: Honda press

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