The first images of the new Honda Jazz prototype were released yesterday, showing what the Japanese carmaker is preparing to introduce in the new body shell with the sleek design that hints at the third generation European Jazz.
Before the public debut takes place at the 2014 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris on the 2nd of October 2014, Honda indicates that the external dimensions have changed, with the length being 15mm longer (0.43 in.) and the wheelbase 30mm (1.18 in.) longer to provide a more spacious cabin.
Part of Honda’s small series range, the third generation European Jazz will be built on the company’s global compact platform, retaining the center fuel tank layout that is already found in the current model, as well as the Civic and recently-announced HR-V. This layout is designed to provide versatility, practicality and storage solutions. Inside, the Honda Magic Seats will also be in this latest model.
On sale from summer 2015, the new European Jazz promises improved fuel economy and higher performance thanks to what Honda calls the new Earth Dreams Technology engine, a new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol (gasoline) engine with a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a CVT transmission.
The new Jazz also promises a more comfortable ride for both the driver and passengers, thanks to a new suspension system.