As we get closer to the 2010 Paris Motor Show where the new Honda Jazz Hybrid will make its debut, the company released further details and images of the car. The hybrid Jazz is such a nice car for those who have no interest in cars! Honestly, it’s a hybrid, so it’s slow, it’s rather ugly and its most significant feature is clever folding seats!
Such people just want something practical, spacious and economical and the new hybrid Jazz is brilliant in all of those aspects. It uses the same powertrain as the Honda CR-Z and Insight. IMA system has proven itself to be a flexible and dependable technology, with over half a million vehicles on the road benefitting from its combination of low emissions and fuel economy.
The system consists of the same 1.3 litre i-VTEC as the Insight hybrid and despite its taller, more flexibility focussed shape, the new car has CO2 emissions of a similar level at 104 g/km.
The Jazz Hybrid will be capable of running on the electric motor alone under some medium and low speed conditions and this contributes to a combined fuel consumption figure of just 4.4 l/100km.
Honda promises that the hybrid is as practical as normal Jazz models. It has the same boot space as current 1.2 and 1.4 Jazz models. The IMA battery pack and power control unit have been integrated in the area under the boot floor, keeping the normal boot (above floor) area of 300 litres and allowing the Magic Seats to fold in the same manner as non-hybrid versions.
This means that the seats still fold entirely flat to provide a surprising large boot space of 831 litres or the seat bases can be folded to sit vertically to accommodate tall items within the car.
Sales of the new Jazz hybrid will begin in early 2011.