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New Honda Jazz to bring added space, versatility & technology

The Advanced Driver Assist System package, which employs a camera and mid-range radar, underpins a comprehensive suite of new advanced safety technologies introduced across Honda’s new product line-up during 2015. 

Based on Honda’s global B-segment platform also used for the new HR-V, the new model is longer by 95mm on the outside and with a 30mm longer wheelbase, giving it increased interior space – Honda says leg, shoulder and headroom in the front and rear are unrivalled in the class. It also promises class-leading cargo space, which has been increased to 354 litres with the rear seats in use and 884 litres with the rear seats down, with the boot also offering a wide tailgate and a low load height.

Meanwhile, the use of 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, which brings a range of configurations for carrying cargo and passengers.

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.

Thanks to its new global B-segment platform, the new Jazz is lighter than its predecessor and benefits from greater rigidity. It also brings a new chassis with upgraded, lighter suspension components while new front suspension geometry provides more stable and composed handling. The new suspension also helps dampen road noise and vibration while a new electric power-assisted steering system results in greater feedback for the driver.

At launch, the Jazz will be available with the 101bhp 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, which is married up to a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a semi-automatic CVT transmission. 

While the newcomer retains the classic Jazz silhouette, it brings a curvier design with new frontal styling that shares the “flowing wing” theme across the grille and headlamps that is seen across the 2015 Honda family.

Inside, the cabin has been updated with high-grade, black soft-touch dash and trim surfaces with premium detailing, contrasting upholstery materials and polished chrome trim accents.

Depending on trim, the cabin also features a five-inch LCD multi-information display or seven-inch touchscreen with the new Honda Connect infotainment system based on the Android platform but also able to sync with smartphones and other multimedia devices through MirrorLink, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI and USB. 

The new Jazz also comes with updated active and passive safety technologies.

This includes Honda’s suite of safety technologies known as the Advanced Driver Assist System, which includes Intelligent Speed Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, and High-beam Support System. This is available as an option on the entry-level model, and available as standard on all other grades. In addition, Honda’s City-Brake Active system will be fitted as standard on the Jazz.

Prices are due to be announced closer to its launch this summer.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.