2014 Honda Jazz Thailand-01

The 2014 Honda Jazz has been launched in Thailand, the first country in the region to introduce the car. The third-gen Jazz, known as the Fit in Japan, made its domestic debut in September 2013.

If the new Jazz looks familiar, that’s because we have seen its sedan sister – the Honda City was launched here in March. The latest City sports a variation of the Jazz’s “Solid Wing Face” and shares a platform with the hatchback. The dashboard is similar, too.

In the Land of Smiles, the Jazz is powered by a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine with 117 hp and 146 Nm, mated to a CVT gearbox. The E85-compatible four-pot is the same engine as our City’s 120 PS (118 hp)/145 Nm powerplant. Like the top-spec City in Thailand, the Jazz is available with steering wheel shift paddles and a seven-speed manual mode. The familiar ECON button is present, along with an Eco Coaching function.

Kit mirrors the City. Equipment highlights include a seven-inch touch-screen audio system with HDMI support, Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhones (4S and above), touch-panel auto air-con, steering audio/phone controls and keyless entry/push start. On the safety front, top-spec cars get ABS, EBD, VSA, six airbags and a reverse camera. Ultra Seats too, of course.

Prices start from 555,000 baht (RM54,776) for a manual version (S MT). The entry CVT variant (S AT) goes for 594,000 baht (RM58,672), rising to 754,000 baht (RM74,529) for the range topping SV+ spec.

The new Jazz is definitely coming to Malaysia, and we’re predicting a third quarter 2014 debut plus good specs for the top variant. Read our review of the Honda City, because the Jazz shouldn’t feel too different from behind the wheel.

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