Set to arrive in the UK later on this summer, Honda has revealed the third-generation Jazz ahead of its official public debut at next week’s Geneva motor show.
While the newcomer retains the traditional Jazz silhouette, it gets a new face with a ‘flowing wing’ theme across the grille and headlamps that is shared across the 2015 Honda family.
The use of Honda’s new global B-segment chassis also means that the latest Jazz is now bigger on the inside. A lower-profile fuel tank mounted under the front seats frees up underfloor space beneath the rear seats, enabling the platform to accommodate Honda’s Magic Seats system. Boot space has been increased to 354 litres with the rear seats in use and 884 litres with the rear seats down.
In terms of power, the 2015 model will be fitted with a new 1.3-litre i-VTEC petrol engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. Delivering 101 bhp of power at 6,000 rpm, the new engine is mated to a six-speed manual or a semi-automatic CVT transmission.
Honda says the new Jazz is also lighter than its predecessor and benefits from increased rigidity. Upgraded, lighter suspension components – MacPherson struts at the front and an H-type torsion beam at the rear – combine with the longer wheelbase to improve ride stability. New damper systems are also said to improve ride quality and reduce vibrations, and a new electric power-assisted steering system results in enhanced feedback for the driver.
An Advanced Driver Assist System package, which employs a camera and mid-range radar, will also come fitted as standard on all but the entry-level model. The system includes intelligent speed assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and high-beam assist.