Details of the new additions to Honda Australia’s showroom in 2014.

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Honda CR-V diesel (January)

A long-awaited diesel engine option joins the Honda CR-V range in January, as the Japanese brand belatedly attempts to cash in on SUV buyers’ hunger for diesel-powered models. The CR-V diesel is powered by a 110kW/350Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine. It will be available with a six-speed manual transmission, which claims combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.8L/100km, and an optional five-speed automatic – Honda’s first diesel auto. The CR-V diesel will be offered exclusively in four-wheel drive in Australia, suggesting a likely starting price of $35,000-$40,000, depending on the specification offered in our market. Diesel-powered CR-Vs will be sourced from the UK, unlike their petrol siblings, which are made in Thailand.

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Honda Odyssey (February)

The all-new Honda Odyssey will be available with a first-ever eight-seat option when it arrives in showrooms in February. The eight-seater will be offered alongside the regular seven-seat variant in the fifth-generation Odyssey range, which launched in Japan in October. The new Honda Odyssey will also become the first for our market fitted with sliding rear doors, moving away from the front-hinged layout adopted throughout the nameplate’s previous 20 years. Equipped with a re-engineered 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an automatic continuously variable transmission, Honda says combined cycle fuel economy will improve more than 14 per cent to 7.6L/100km. At 4830mm long and riding on a 2900mm wheelbase, the Odyssey is also 50mm longer overall and 70mm longer between the wheels than its predecessor. The old car’s low-slung profile makes way for a 135mm-higher roofline (the new model is 1685mm tall), with Honda promising gains in interior space and passenger comfort.

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Honda City (Q2)

The fourth-generation Honda City will become the first of a trio of new compact cars from Honda when it lands in local showrooms in the second quarter of 2014. Honda says the new City offers greater interior space and comfort than its predecessor without sacrificing its compact dimensions. Its length (4440mm) and width (1695mm) are identical to before, while its wheelbase grows 50mm to 2600mm. The Japanese car maker says the City will be powered by an updated version of the outgoing model’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The current motor produces 88kW and 145Nm, and consumes from 6.3L/100km on the combined cycle. The new model embraces the company’s ‘Exciting H Design’ exterior styling philosophy, sporting Honda’s signature broad U-shaped chrome grille bar and angular headlights. Expect the City to retain its sub-$17,000 starting price.

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Honda Jazz (mid 2014)

The all-new Honda Jazz will boast bold new styling, a fresh interior and improved powertrains when it launches in mid 2014. Honda’s third-generation city car is built on a new, lightweight platform, and promises to build on the spacious interior and innovative packaging of the current model. Powering regular Jazz models will be a 73kW/119Nm 1.3-litre four-cylinder and a 97kW/155Nm 1.5-litre, teamed with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. The Jazz Hybrid teams the 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 100kW/170Nm, which is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (Honda’s first double-clutcher). Honda claims the new hybrid is 35 per cent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, which translates to an approximate combined cycle fuel consumption rating of 2.9L/100km. Expect the new Honda Jazz to retain its circa-$16,000 starting price, and the hybrid to remain in the low-$20,000s.

Read CarAdvice’s Honda Jazz Review.

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Honda Vezel (late 2014)

The Honda Vezel will be the third and final addition to the Japanese manufacturer’s city car line-up for 2014 when it lands in showrooms at the end of the year. Sharing its underpinnings with the City and Jazz, the Vezel will take on the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Holden Trax in the burgeoning subcompact SUV segment. A 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol-engined model has been confirmed for our market, and Honda Australia is still deciding if it will broaden the range with diesel and hybrid alternatives. Honda has released few details of the Vezel at this stage, but promises it will offer “the dynamic qualities of an SUV, the elegance of a coupe and the functionality of a minivan”.




  • qwertyqw

    When will we get the Civic mid life update? The Civics in North America had it about 12 months ago.

    • MisterZed

      Our Civic has been different from the North American model since 2006, so the face-lift of one model does not correspond to that of the other.

      • qwertyqw

        You are confused.

        • MisterZed

          No, I’m right. In 2006, the Civic split into the USDM model and JDM model. The JDM model was actually based on the Canadian Acura CSX model. We received the JDM version here in Australia, not the US version.

          • qwertyqw

            You are more confused.

          • MisterZed

            Yeah sure, that’s why I got 6+ votes to my comment, right?

          • jay

            there is no JDM civic now.

          • O123

            your right, JDM doesnt have the civic. Ours is made in thailand but the same as the US model. The US model got an “emergency facelift” due to terrible reviews.

          • ixlplix

            You’re right. Our civic is very different from the US car. It’s a stripped down asian econo box. Performance versions etc all the good bits are in the US, not here.

        • richard

          He isn’t, the civic built in the USA was updated within first year due to bad press…it wasn’t a midlife facelift.

          • qwertyqw

            It was the ‘mid life’ update brought forward due to bad press.

      • Shak

        Our current Civic sedan is essentially the American model, but made in Thailand, whereas the hatch is the Euro-spec and is made in the UK.

        • Vti07

          Correct. There were a small number of Civic sedans and Jazz made in Japan during the Thailand floods a while ago. Rather than the City, I would prefer if the Thailand plant made a RHD version of the Accord and Civic coupes which are exclusively for the North American market.

          • ixlplix

            I agree.

  • MisterZed

    So the new Honda Legend isn’t coming here in 2014? It’s already been available in the USA for about a year now.

  • O123

    Honda takes way to long to launch cars in Aus, the vezel is on sale already in Japan as is the Jazz, so hurry up and get them here. The civic took too long and is outdated and the accord took over a year from US launch.

  • ewww

    ewww

  • Observer

    And they wonder why Mazda is shooting goals here…

    • hehe

      I don’t know what the obsession with Mazda is. Alot of people keep talking about the SkyActiv engine but if you’ve driven one, it’s not impressive. Sure it uses a very high compression ratio, and in theory, fuel efficient. However, it keeps selecting the lowest possible gear all the time, which is very frustrating to drive, and in real life, means constantly flooring the accelarator to keep the rev up, which in turn means that their real life fuel consumption is no where near what is claimed. They have some good points on the interior and handling, I give them that, but with the sacrifice of practical driving, no, I’m not sold. Mazda may do well in Australia but not the rest of the world. My view, Mazda is just better at the marketing department than most other brands (probably except for VW – consistently getting stellar reviews but who wants an unreliable car in real life?)

    • gibbut

      mazda has proven ugly cars sell in australia. look at the current mazda 3 ( not the new one )

  • Vti07

    I wonder how long it’ll take for the new turbo (1,1.5 and 2L) engines to filter through the range? 2015/6 at least?

  • marc

    Honda engineering is great, but they need to hire a stylist – with flair.

    • JG

      You are absolutely correct.!!!
      CIVIC Hatchaback and JAZZ in the european market are among the most ugly cars. Especially the rear of the car. The JAZZ has virtually no bumper, the rear door is more exposed than the bumper itself. Is Honda serious ???

  • Anthony

    Acura are replacing the TSX with an all new TLX mid year,and as the TSX is the Euro,I would expect an all new Euro LATE 2014 ???

  • ivtec

    It’s great to see Honda finally putting some money into R&D and producing some exciting engines and transmissions, however at this stage it appears it’s restricted to overseas markets. The new Odyssey has been released in japan with a full suite of ‘EarthDreams’ engine & transmission technology, so has the Jazz and Accord… but the bean-counters at Honda Australia keep rehashing & tweaking the existing outdated engines for the Aussie market. A mate of mine works for a Honda dealership and he has it on good authority that Honda Australia are releasing the 2014 City & Jazz with drum brakes on the rear. The current versions (excluding Hybrid) have discs all-round. They keep dumbing down our models and scratch their heads when sales continually decline.

    • Vti07

      According to another motoring website, the new Jazz will be released to Europe in 2015, (even later than here). Speculation of the apparent delay is that the new Turbo engine(s) will be available at model launch. Just another example of Australia missing out on the latest technology and features available on Honda’s overseas.

  • LowRezFez

    The styling of all these new models is fussy and ugly in my view. As a current Honda owner, I want to see major improvements to styling.

    My other concerns are the future use of CVTs, small turbo engines and dual clutch autos. Other manufacturers have not managed to make these drivetrains bulletproof, and as much as I respect Honda engineering, unless I see a transferable 10 year drivetrain warranty from Honda I will be taking my business elsewhere at the end of my current lease.

    Mazda on the other hand are sticking to normally aspirated engines and torque converter autos, this is a recipe for better long term reliability.

  • al

    Dead set ugly most of it. Can car manufacturers bring back the horizontal bonnet, please? These diagonal bonnets of today wanna make me vomit.

  • 42 = The Answer

    I initially liked the new Jazz but now I think it looks too busy and not very cohesive at all. That vertical component of the tail light looks unnecessary as do those bumper inserts and the wheels look way too small/ out of proportion. I sound nit-picky but it just doesn’t look right.

    • gibbut

      have a look at modified versions on the net, with big wheels they look fantastic

    • JG

      I share your point of view. Indeed the rear bumper of the Jazz is almost non existent and the rear side-view looks okward. Even the slightest rear impact will hit the door first and then the bumper. This is so basic thing for Honda to get it so wrong. I have been a loyal customer of Honda owning both CIVIC sedan 2003 and JAZZ 2005, but now that I am looking to get a new car, I am really put off by the styling of the current models. The CIVIC sedan is not even available in the local market. That’s slightly more tolearable in looks than the hatchback.

  • Tone

    It’s almost as if Honda and Subaru’s respective styling departments are trying to out-ugly each other.

  • Westie

    Are there any undisguised pics of the Odyssey? The camo looks clumsy.

  • Lindsay

    Wow the Odyssey really let itself go.

    Countdown to the Vezel becoming known as the “Vajazzle”… Awkward.

    • Vti07

      That is probably why the Vezel release article on CA had its comments section disabled….

  • Mmdny

    I hope the Vezel will come out with Turbo right away and not down the road. Otherwise, I will have to consider a different compact SUV such as the Audi Q3.

    • Pauly

      The Vezel looks quite good! I hope that Honda Australia bring in the Hybrid model too.