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Tuesday, 25 December, 2007

Honda Jazz i-DSI and VTEC

Although the Honda Jazz or Honda Fit is now one of Honda’s global models, it experienced a very slow progression as it made its way around the world. The car first debuted in the June of 2001 in Japan and immediately became a big hit. It was then introduced to Europe (early 2002), Australia (late 2002), South America (early 2003), South-East Asia (mid 2003), China (mid 2004), and Mexico (late 2005). A production model for the United States and Canadian markets debuted on January 8, 2006 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car was released in Indonesia on early 2004 (iDSI) and mid/late 2005 (VTEC). Unlike most Honda models, which traditionally have 4 or 5-year model cycles, the current generation Fit will remain for a longer period of time due to its late release in North America.


Fact:
Body Style : 5 door hatch
Layout : front engine/front wheel drive
Transmission : 5 speed manual
5 peed automatic CVT
Wheelbase : 2450 mm (96.5 in)
Length : 3845 mm (157.4 in)
Width : 1675 mm (66.5 in)
Height : 1525 mm (60.0 in)
Curb weight : 1084 kg (2390 lb) for 1.4 L LS with manual transmission
Engine(s)* : 1.2 L L12A i-DSI I4
1.3 L L13A i-DSI I4
1.5 L L15A i-DSI I4
1.5 L L15A VTEC I4

*in Indonesia Honda Jazz only available in 1.5 i-DSI and 1.5 VTEC engine

Drivetrain
Depending on the region, the Fit is equipped with either a 1.2, 1.3, or 1.4 liter i-DSI engine, or a 1.5 liter VTEC engine. All four engines are based on Honda’s L-series engine family. The 8-valve i-DSI (intelligent dual and sequential) engines use two spark plugs per cylinder, allowing gasoline to burn more completely; therefore, fuel consumption and emissions are reduced while maximum torque at mid-range rpm is maintained. The 1.5 L VTEC engine has the typical 16-valve configuration. The 1.5 iDSI can produce 87 hp, meanwhile the VTEC engine with same capacity produce 110 hp.

The engines are mated to a 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, or Continuously Variable Transmission. Two forms of the CVT are offered: the regular, and the CVT-7. The CVT-7 has the traditional choice of gearless shifting, and a smooth, continuous flow of power with the added option of seven computer-controlled "gears" controlled by paddle shifters on the steering column.

Platform
The Jazz/Fit uses Honda's Global Small Car platform, which is also used by the Fit Aria/City (a sedan version of the Fit), the Airwave (a wagon version of the Fit Aria/City). One of the characteristics of the Fit, which is also present in the Fit Aria and Airwave, is the location of the fuel tank. Rather than placing it under the rear seats, it is located under the front seats, thereby freeing up valuable room in the back. It also allows for Honda’s "Magic Seat" system, called ULTR seat in Japan, which has five distinct seating modes, with the longest items can hold up to 2.4 m, and 1.28 m tall.

Driving and Fuel Consumption
Jazz is fun to drive, smooth engine, steering is light and accurate, however I feel a mild body roll when driving aggressively above 100 km/hr. For 0-100 km/hr the i-DSI engine required more than 13 seconds and the VTEC engine can reach 100km/hr 2 seconds faster. Top speed around 170 km/hr.

The i-DSI engine fuel consumption around 20-24 km/l for tol/extra urban and 14 km/ltr for city driving. The VTEC engine gave 14/km/ltr for extra urban and 10 km/ltr for city driving. This fuel consumption is depend on your driving style. Both engines need unleaded fuel (in Indonesia at least Premium TT, but for reaching the top performance and efficiency, Pertamax Ron 90 is recommended).

Rivals:

- Suzuki Swift: 1490cc, 110 hp, new model, stylish

- Toyota Yaris: 1497cc, 109 hp, stylish, strong brand image

-Hyundai Getz: 1314 cc, 82 hp, good interior, good fule consumption, good price, old model, brand image, 13 km/ltr.

- Chevrolet Aveo: 1498 cc, 86 hp, good suspension, lower price, poor handling, conventional engine

-Suzuki Aerio, 1500 cc, 110 hp, old model, more space, good interior, 13 km/ltr.

If you need a detail service manual of this type of vehicles, check at pdftown.

1 comment:

Buy Honda said...

Such a small and econonomical car, would be very easy to park in the city as well.