Honda has unveiled details of the new Jazz which is set to go on sale in the summer of 2015.
It will be the third generation model to be official sold in the UK and will share the underpinnings with the forthcoming HR-V which will also arrive in the summer.
The new Jazz promises more interior space, it is slightly longer by some 95mm and has a 30mm longer wheelbase. The longer wheelbase and revised suspension setup aid the ride quality and improve handling. To give the car a more airy feel the windscreen sweeps back down the roof line and front quarter windows have been enlarged.
It will see the introduction of the Magic Seats to provide 354 litres of cargo space with the rear seats up and 884 litres with the 60/40 split rear seats down. The Magic Seats can be folded into a number of different configurations in ‘Utility’ mode, the rear seat back folds forward as the seat base lowers to create a long, flat floor. In ‘Tall’ mode, the rear seat base is locked in a vertical position to leave space from floor to ceiling. ‘Long’ mode sees front and rear passenger seat backs fold forward to a horizontal position.
At launch the new Jazz will be available with a 1.3-litre i-VTEC 102PS petrol engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. As standard this is coupled to a six-manual gearbox with the option of a semi-automatic CVT transmission. Currently there is no news of a hybrid edition or if there will be diesel model.
All models bar the entry level edition, where it is an option will feature Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist System comprising Intelligent Speed Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, and High-beam Support System. Honda’s City-Brake Active system will be standard across the range.
Depending on the model the Jazz will come with either a five-inch LCD multi-information display or seven-inch Honda Connect infotainment touchscreen. The later can support smartphone integration via MirrorLink and has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HDMI and USB connectivity. It runs the Android operating system and will run applications supporting internet browsing, navigation, real-time traffic, news and weather, social media, and internet music stations subject to a data connection.
At this stage we do not have prices for the new Jazz or specifications, which will be announced toward the summer.Published 25 February 2015