Jazz Earth Dreams CVT
The new Jazz employs Honda’s latest evolution of the CVT transmission. It provides a sportier, more enjoyable drive by making the CVT feel more natural, through technology improvements and the introduction of G-Design Shift. Weight and friction have been reduced, the ratio range has increased and a new torque converter has been adopted. Fuel efficiency has improved by around 10% over the earlier 5 Speed Automatic (5AT).
The Earth Dreams CVT transmission features a wide spread of ratios to maximise off-the-line acceleration, providing relaxed and fuel-efficient cruising. When using Paddle Shifters it converts to a 7 Speed shift-able gearbox.
Its operation is now simpler and more logical to fully exploit its capabilities. On the gearshifter is a simple 'P R N D S' gate.
Slot the gear lever into Drive and your Honda will provide conventional automatic changing; if you momentarily want a more urgent response then you can simply change down a gear using the steering wheel paddles, and once the car is identified as returning to cruising mode, the system reverts back to automatic operation.
Alternatively you can move the shift lever to S mode for sportier change points and added engine braking effect. Using the steering wheel paddles in S mode provides a sequential shift mode, allowing manual shifting and gear hold. To heighten control and driver involvement, the shift logic in manual mode delivers quicker, firmer shifts than in fully automatic mode.
G-Design Shift has been engineered to give the CVT transmission a more natural and sporty feel. It provides a coordinated control system for a shift transmission, throttle gearing and hydraulic control, giving a continuous rise in G (acceleration). This results in acceleration that responds to driver demands more quickly than conventional automatics and other CVT technologies.
All of this add up to a great drive and improved fuel efficiency.