Japanese automaker Honda has revealed the new production-spec Jazz hatchback that is meant for the European market, ahead of its formal debut at the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The prototype of the car was first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2014.
Honda’s practical B-Segment car for Europe shares its platform with the new HR-V and is now longer by 95mm and wider by 30mm, compared to the out-going model. Design-wise, not much has changed on the new Jazz, except for a chrome grille, which until now featured only on the Japanese- and American-spec models.
The third generation of Honda Jazz will be housed with a 1.3-litre, four cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine that is able to produce 102PS of max power at 6,000rpm. The engine has been coupled with a new six speed manual gearbox, which replaces the earlier five speed manual transmission. An optional semiautomatic CVT transmission is also on offer. Furthermore, there is a strong possibility of a hybrid version of the Jazz to join the range later this year or in early 2016. The hybrid version could be housed with a 130PS producing 1.5-litre engine and an electric motor.
Other features that will find place in the new Jazz is the latest Advanced Driver Assist System package, which makes use of a camera and mid-range radar, the updated Honda Connect system, which is able to connect smartphones and other multimedia devices through MirrorLink, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI and USB.
The new Honda Jazz is scheduled to go on sale in the summer of 2015 in the European market. In related news, Honda Cars India is mulling to launch the new Jazz in the Indian market in the first half of 2015.