Honda is showcasing at the Paris Auto Show its new Jazz Hybrid, which the Japanese automaker provided a preview of late last month. The Jazz Hybrid will go on sale in some European markets in the early part of next year, with prices and full specifications being announced at a later date.
Honda said that with the launch of the Jazz Hybrid this marks the first time a parallel hybrid vehicle has been available to B-segment consumers. It is powered by a 1.3 litre i-VTEC engine and has CO2 emissions of around 104 g/km. It 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.
The Jazz’s battery pack and power control unit have been integrated in the area under the boot floor, retaining the normal boot area and allowing the seats to fold in the same manner as non-hybrid versions. It shares its hybrid technology with the Insight and CR-Z hybrids across a common platform.
On the inside the cabin, said Honda, is a darker single color dashboard, which contrasts with the blue lighting of the dials and center console. The dashboard integrates a version of Honda’s Eco Assist function, which uses the ambient lighting of the speedometer to advise the driver on how their driving style is impacting on their fuel economy. The Eco Assist function also aides drivers in getting the maximum economy from their car in everyday situations and gives users real-time feedback on how their use of the brakes and throttle affects their fuel bills and environmental impact.