The Honda Jazz has a reputation for offering notable practicality and reliability and while the current Jazz is long-in-the-tooth, Honda is looking at introducing the new Jazz in South Africa in 2021.
The fourth-generation Honda Jazz was revealed last year boasting improved styling and a more modern interior which now features a new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Passenger comfort has also been enhanced with new seat designs and Honda’s Magic Seat design has been carried over from the previous generation Jazz which boosts the practicality credentials of the Jazz appreciably.
The new Jazz is also equipped with Honda Sensing technology which includes a wider front camera which is able to detect pedestrians and cyclists in conjunction with improved Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS). Other useful features include adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. However, it remains to be seen whether these features will be included in the SA-spec Jazz.
The new Honda Jazz features a modernised interior while retaining its practicality which has made it so popular.
In Japan, the Jazz is sold with a hybrid powertrain as well as a 1.3-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 72 kW @ 6 000 rpm and 118 Nm of torque at 5 000 rpm. It’s likely that this 1.3-litre powerplant will be offered locally in conjunction with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The new Jazz should be relatively well received on local soil and it will complement the recent introduction of the new WR-V compact SUV as well as the new Ballade sedan in South Africa. A new Ballade-based hatchback was also recently introduced in Thailand which is set to replace the Jazz in some markets but the City hatchback (as it’s named in Thailand) has reportedly not been earmarked for introduction in South Africa, even though it might actually be a worthy rival to the popular Volkswagen Polo Vivo.
The new Jazz is destined to reach South Africa in the second half of 2021. We will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available.