Honda, which last year revealed European plans for a hybrid version of the Jazz, announced from the Geneva Motor Show that said car would be going on sale this month. Pricing details were not mentioned, but we do now know a little more about this small form factor hybrid that will be cruising around urban European centers.
It is said that the Jazz Hybrid is the first parallel hybrid vehicle to be made available to B-segment consumers. The IMA hybrid system within this vehicle is the same as that inside the Honda Insight and CRZ hybrids, making use of the same 1.3 liter i-VTEC engine. Combined with a CVT gearbox, the hybrid ends up with very low emissions of just 104 g/km of CO2, making it reportedly the lowest CO2 output of any automatic car in its class segment.
The battery pack and power control unit from the hybrid system have been integrated in the area under the boot floor, retaining the normal boot area and allowing for what Honda calls the “Magic Seats” to either fold entirely flat for 1320 liter of space or make it so that the seat bases can be folded up to sit vertically, so as to accommodate tall items within the car.
Other features of note on the Jazz hybrid include leather trim as a factory fit option, an “Eco Assist” function that uses the ambient lighting of the speedometer to advise the driver on how their driving style is impacting on their fuel economy, hands-free Bluetooth support and a rear entertainment system.