Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k

Sanjay · Sep 10, 2022 03:45 PM

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 01

A few years back the Honda Jazz plied its trade alongside the City, catering to Malaysians who didn't quite fancy the analogous Toyota Yaris or Vios duo. That changed late last year, when the City Hatchback took the mantle where the Jazz once sat.

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 02

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 03

Porting over the entire front end + interior from the sedan to the hatchback = cheaper to make, cheaper to sell

Though its Bulbasaur looks and super-duper-ultra minimalist interior definitely had something to do with its non-appearance here, things like degree of parts commonality and buyer behaviour also play their part. All in, this means Singapore is the only country in our part of the world that can buy a Fit brand-new.

Also read: SEA countries dropping Honda Jazz for City Hatchback, except Singapore, why?

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 01

But to those who still want to drive to a Jazzy tune, Prominent Motor Sdn. Bhd. along the MRR2 have two units on hand, the first of which being this Ness variant, as well as the jacked-up Crosstar.

Unmistakably JDM

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Named the Fit in Japan, its rumpy body looks like nothing else on our streets. It's cute for a city car – but looks are deceiving as you'll see – and it's gained a reputation as a favourite among the fairer sex. At least those I've asked, concur.

Also read: As the Honda Jazz leaves, we check out 12 legendary models that were once popular in Malaysia

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 03

Hood insulator is nice to have

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 04

This Ness is not the e:HEV hybrid variant, but rather driven by a regular combustion 1.3-litre inline-four engine paired to an Earth Dreams CVT-type automatic.

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E10/ETBE22 is roughly equivalent to minimum RON 94, so our RON 95 is perfectly suitable

98 PS and 118 Nm aren't hair-raising figures, but that's not the numbers you'd care for – the 5.2 litres/100 km fuel consumption is more apt.

Also read: All generations of the Honda Jazz in 20 years – Here’s our favourite

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Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 07

Rows of Honda Stepwgns in the background

No matter if it isn't a hybrid, all the good stuff aren't paywalled there anyway, and it won't leave you feeling shortchanged. A taxi spec it is not...

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 08

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 09

On the outside, you get standard LED head- and tail lights as well as LED foglamps, disc brakes all round, this quirky silver/green two-tone paint, and 16-inch wheels to complete the look.

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And lest we forget it's crowned a Red Dot Design Award winner for automobile design by people smarter than us so hey, that's got to stand for something.

Also read: Condemned by Malaysians, 'too cute' 2021 Honda Jazz wins 2 Red Dot Design Awards

It really is quite spacious

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 11

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 12

Cabin aesthetics might take some rumination, but once you're in it, it really is rather roomy. Slightly surprising, considering the body is slimmer than the City Hatchback's, measuing 1,695 mm wide against 1,748 mm.

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 13

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 14

Perhaps its the choice of colours and relatively simpler interior presentation. But does it matter? If you're gunning for this you're probably not looking for space anyway – its asking price is just RM 3k less than the far more spacious Honda Civic 1.5 E – but just know there's enough room for a small family trip.

Also read: Goodbye Honda Jazz, it’s been a great run

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 15

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 16

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 17

Or an Ikea jaunt. Of which many items can be fit in, thanks to the nifty Ultra Seats that's present, just like it is in the Honda HR-V too.

Also read: Just how practical is the 2022 Honda HR-V? Let us show you in 22 photos

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 18

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 19

Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 20

Yes, some cues are shared with our City/Civic/HR-V, but that's as far as its ties go. It's got a two-spoke steering wheel – we like, it's very Ioniq 5 – and the simple digital instrument cluster is a treat. Though using it can be a bit like stabbing in the dark as it's all in Japanese, and that's the foible of most recond cars.

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The Gathers' infotainment is a personal favourite. Inconspicious as it looks, it's got one neat 2 Fast 2 Furious trick – hit the 'eject disc' button and...

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...it folds out like this! Slap in your disc or memory card, hit close, and watch the player slide back into place. Sugoi!!

Also read: Keep it real: how to know if your accessories are original?

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Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 24

No armrest nor a storage box either, just this one long grippy pad for your possessions

As this is a regular Ness variant, the seats and upholstery are water-resistant fabric (manual adjustments only), there's no heating/ventilation for them, nor rear air-cond vents. Though it's a rather simple car, it's charming in its own way.

Also read: As the Honda Jazz leaves, we check out 12 legendary models that were once popular in Malaysia

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Old JDMs out of reach? You can still be cool with the new Honda Jazz, yours from RM 127k 26

+10 points for JDM swagger with the buit-in ETC toll reader, and mandatory emergency flare

This particular unit has 10,806 km on the clock at the time of writing, and is asking for RM 127,700. View it at Prominent Motor Sdn. Bhd., details here.

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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