Fresh look to front and rear styling
Revised interiors and instrumentation
Vehicle Stability Assist available for first time
Wider availability and choice of 1.2 litre models
Jazz still one of the most innovative and space efficient small cars on the market with a B-segment exterior, C-segment interior
Best overall performance to date for combined safety in the Euro NCAP supermini class




The Paris motor show is the first opportunity to see the latest Jazz models, which receive a series of enhancements for 2005. Honda's multi-award winning small car, with its clever packaging, 'Magic' seats and some of the most fuel efficient petrol engines on the market, now benefits from fresh exterior styling, more advanced and stylish instrumentation and the availability of Vehicle Stability Assist for the first time.

At the same time there is now a wider availability of 1.2 litre models which, in 1.2 S and 1.2 Cool form (RHD, 1.2 E) retain many of the features of the 2004 model year Jazz.

The popularity of the Jazz continues to grow and over 115,000 have been sold in Europe since launch, accounting for 25 per cent of all Honda registrations; over 54,000 were sold during 2003, an increase of 24 per cent on the previous year.

Styling refreshed
Jazz's innovative, monoform design with its 'short nose' and flared, muscular wheel arches give the Jazz a broad, purposeful stance, while the rising lower edge of the side windows and the gradually falling roof line give more than a hint of coupe-like styling. The latest changes are aimed at providing a more quality, dynamic and solid look and bumpers both front and rear have been restyled with sweeping contours that flare out at each corner. A new 14 inch 6 spoke wheel trim is fitted to those models with steel wheels, with the 1.4 ES (RHD, 1.4 SE) sporting a new 9 spoke 15 inch alloy wheel as standard.

1.4 Sport models have their own unique look, with a front bumper that features a large lower opening with a mesh grille and gill-like side strakes. At the rear the bumper sweeps upwards to emphasise the Jazz's low front/high rear form. Matching side sills flare out at the rear. 10 spoke 15 x 6JJ alloy wheels are standard.

LS models and above (RHD, 1.4 only) now feature a stylish, more cylindrical headlamp design with chrome finish and more fully integrated parking lights. The inner surface of the light cluster has a black finish on LS models (RHD, 1.4 SE), a silver finish on 1.4 ES and a body colour one on 1.4 Sport. As part of the redesign, the indicators are now more streamlined, maintaining the continuity of the frontal styling. At the rear the taillight now features a colour turn lens.

Door mirror-mounted LED indicators already seen on other Honda models are now fitted to LS models and above (RHD, 1.4 only).

New high-tech controls
Turning to the interior and LS models and above (RHD, 1.4 models) have a new sporty steering wheel with metallic trim and audio controls located on the left hand side. Models equipped with CVT-7 - Honda's continuously variable transmission - now have steering wheel mounted paddles in place of buttons. The left hand paddle is used to change down, that on the right to change up a gear, in true Formula 1 style, while a '7 Speed Mode' button on the right switches between sequential and automatic modes. The escutcheon surrounding the floor-mounted change lever now has a metallic paint finish for added quality.

A smart new radio/CD player is now standard equipment on LS models and above (RHD, 1.4 models). The funky design consists of a unit fully integrated into the fascia, with a digital display flanked by a large circular control switch for radio/CD/ waveband selection and a central knob for on/off and volume. Beneath the digital display are separate toggle switches for tune and seek/skip.

Fully automatic air conditioning is new for 2005 on 1.4 models (RHD, 1.4 Sport only). The design of the controls complements the appearance of the audio unit and comprises a distinctive 'wing' shaped motif; an easy to read central LCD display of temperature and air distribution is flanked on either side by toggle type switches providing temperature (right) and fan speed (left) adjustment. On models with manual air conditioning, the circular dial controls of current models are retained, but these now have a metallic finish.

Blacked-out instrumentation
LS models and above (RHD, 1.4 only) now feature self-illuminating main instrumentation similar to that found on the Accord range. The three individual dials, with their silver outer trim, now appear darkened with the ignition off, transforming to a bright display when the door lock is released and an even higher contrast one when the ignition is switched on, thanks to the use of backlighting. The highly legible instruments feature white numerals and red-illuminated needles and surround, while an outside temperature display is now incorporated. 1.2 S and 1.2 Cool models (RHD, 1.2 E) retain the conventional instrumentation of the current Jazz.

The final changes to the interior are a new look trim with LS models (RHD, 1.4 SE) now featuring a new blue pattern Jersey material on seats, and a tricot material on seat bolsters. 1.4 ES and 1.4 Sport (RHD, 1.4 Sport) now have a black Double Russell and suede-base Tricot combination for a more sporty feel. 1.2 S and 1.2 Cool (RHD, 1.2 E) retain the current dark blue seat materials.

Four new paint colours are available: Sirius Blue metallic, Venus Orange metallic, Macha Crœme metallic and Helios Yellow pearlescent.

Added security: Vehicle Stability Assist
For the first time, Honda's 4-channel Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system becomes available on Jazz, as an option on 1.4 litre manual gearbox models. VSA is designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during cornering, acceleration and sudden manoeuvres by applying brake force to the right or left hand wheels as necessary and managing the throttle and ignition systems

By monitoring input from a series of vehicle sensors, VSA calculates a predicted range of vehicle response while constantly monitoring the vehicle's actual response and the driver's control inputs. If the actual response is outside the predicted response range, as when cornering forces exceed the tyres' performance, VSA automatically intervenes with corrective action.

The system is calibrated to provide stability and predictability, without stifling the driving enjoyment of the carefully engineered chassis, while the driver can disable the system if desired.

Finally, 1.4 litre models now offer even better practical fuel economy thanks to a revised surface treatment of the camshaft to reduce friction, the use of a lower viscosity oil, and improved efficiency of the air conditioning system. The latter now features a larger condenser, while the capacity of the compressor and the control performance have been optimised.

Sales of the revised Jazz models commence in October.
Jazz (10 photos)
Jazz - Part I (30 s)
Jazz - Part II (30 s)

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