The brand-new Honda Jazz will be launched in the UK market this summer, in view of a new platform and fueled by a new two-motor petrol-hybrid powertrain. Another new aspect will be the coming of an SUV-inspired Jazz Crosstar variant, which is intended to muscle-in on the Nissan Juke's region.
The design of the new Jazz will be well-known to existing proprietors. Like the old model, it includes a one-box MPV-like shape, which Honda says expand internal space. Besides, the A-pillars have been thinned down, in a move that both improves the view out of the windscreen and builds the inflexibility of the bodyshell.
Upfront, Jazz received a chunkier car bumper and bigger headlamp units contrasted with the past model. The standard Jazz is expected to maintain a similar size to its predecessor, with a length of about 4 meters.
Around the back seat, the formerly vertically stacked lights was dropped from the new-gen in favor of a more traditional horizontal arrangement located below the rear window. The rear hatch is cut deep into the rear bumper (as in previous models), so there should be a wide opening for loading heavy items into the trunk.
Honda Jazz Crosstar model features new bolted-on roof beams, a unique front grille design, higher driving heights and black plastic cladding around its wheel arches, giving it the flavor of a miniature SUV. Honda also told us that the Crosstar's interior is "waterproof" in case drivers exceed the car's maximum wading depth or spill a cappuccino.
Honda e: HEV hybrid system
Speaking of the highlight of the upgraded Jazz series, Honda's new E is a must topic: HEV dual-motor gasoline hybrid powertrain. Jazz e: the HEV is both the first Honda to use the new technology and the first to receive the brand's latest e: Technology logo, which will eventually appear in all Honda electric products. Because the all-new model is revised with advanced technology, the Honda Jazz price will be higher than that of the ex-model.
The system consists of a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol, two electric motors, and a compact lithium-ion battery pack – with a total output of 108bhp and a torque of 253Nm. The internal combustion engine is powered by an innovative fixed-gear transmission that Honda says it’s more stable and efficient than the traditional CVT.
Honda's e: HEV hybrid system comes with three optional driving modes — Hybrid Drive, EV Drive, and Engine Drive. The first step is to balance gasoline and electric driving while recovering power from the slowdown and storing it in a battery pack for later use. The EV Drive forces Jazz to run in all-electric mode, while Engine Drive combines a gasoline engine with an electric motor for optimal performance.
Inside the new Jazz
Interiorly, Honda wants to retain the impressive cabin space of previous jazz models while adding more advanced technology. The hybrid drive system is located in the chassis and engine bay, and the fuel tank is installed in the middle of the car to avoid disturbing the room available for passengers.
When the back seat is in place, the trunk holds 298 liters. Fold down the rear seat to increase storage capacity to 1,203 liters. Honda's popular Magic Seat design is also retained in the rear, giving the owner options to lay the backbench flat or flip the base into a higher holding space.
The cab is equipped with a central display screen and a digital dashboard in front of the driver. Honda tells us that the touch screen offers smartphone-style sliding controls and has built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These downloadable applications will run on a car over a wireless connection for the first time.
The jazz also improved its seating, with a wider 'body stabilization' front seat designed to reduce fatigue on long journeys, while a deeper rear seat improves comfort for passengers in the rear. The rest of the cabin retains a minimalist and uncluttered design approach and based on consumer demand, Honda is equipped with physical air conditioning controls.
In terms of safety, the enhanced sensor system with high-definition cameras forms the basis of Honda Sensing active safety suite. This could bring improvements to the collision mitigation braking system (CMBS), which detects pedestrians and cyclists at night and responds to oncoming traffic entering jazz road.
In addition, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) systems can now operate in slow traffic, keeping the car in the lane and at a distance from the car in front. Honda's smart speed limiter also recognizes traffic speed signs and sets the car's speed limit accordingly.