Paris: 2015 Honda Jazz calls itself a prototype [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on October 3, 2014

Honda’s Euro-spec 2015 Jazz is preparing to make its debut next year probably at the Geneva Motor Show, but at the 2014 Paris Motor Show the Japanese carmaker brought a so-called concept version. Comparing with the current model, the 2015 Jazz Prototype is 15 mm longer, while the wheelbase increased by 30 mm, which means more interior space.

According to Honda, the new Jazz will arrive with space-saving layout, interior practicality and storage solutions as well as with the Honda Magic Seats. Under the hood, we find a 1.3-liter i-VTEC petrol engine bolted to a six-speed manual transmission that replaces the previous five-speed unit, or an optional CVT automatic transmission.

The latest iteration of the Honda Jazz still features the classic Jazz silhouette, but now boasts of a characteristic modern styling that includes a new face and strong lines. Since it is now underpinned by Honda's new global B-segment chassis, the new Jazz offers larger interior space, which is boosted by the carmaker’s so-called Magic Seats system. This system offers a high level of versatility and comes with range of configurations for carrying both passengers and cargo.

Inside, the new Honda Jazz delivers a sophisticated ambience as made possible by its new interior design and the use of high-quality soft-touch materials. It is fitted with the new Honda Connect in-car infotainment system -- with a seven-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash – that allows occupants to browse the Internet and access real-time news, weather and traffic.

Serving as the core of the new Honda Jazz is a new powerful and efficient 1.3-liter petrol engine from the carmaker’s Earth Dreams Technology series. This engine is complemented by more rigid and lighter chassis as well as re-engineered suspension, allowing the new Jazz to offer a more refined ride and more responsive handling.

The new Honda is also loaded with the Advanced Driver Assist System package that makes use of a camera and mid-range radar. This system is just one of the several new advanced safety technologies in the new Jazz that will make their way into Honda's new product line-up in 2015.

Underpinning the new Jazz is Honda's new B-segment platform that also underpins the all-new Honda HR-V. This platform allows the lower-profile fuel tank to be mounted under the front seats, thereby freeing up underfloor space beneath the rear seats. In this configuration, the new platform could employ Honda's Magic Seats system.

Compared to its predecessor, the new Honda Jazz is longer both in overall length (plus 95mm) and wheelbase (plus 30 mm). This means the new Jazz offers more interior space for the passengers. In fact, it leads its class in terms of leg, shoulder and head rooms both in the front and rear cabins.

Press Release

HONDA TO UNVEIL PROTOTYPE OF NEW EUROPEAN JAZZ AT PARIS MOTOR SHOW

Today Honda has released the first images of the new Jazz prototype that will make its public debut next month at the 2014 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris.

This prototype introduces a completely new body shell for the popular model, with a sleek and modern design that hints at the significant advances to be introduced in this latest model. The external dimensions have changed with the length being 15mm longer and the wheelbase 30mm longer helping to create an even more spacious cabin.

As part of Honda's 'small series' range, the third generation European Jazz will be built on the company's global compact platform. It will retain the centre fuel tank layout that is already found in the current model, as well as the Civic and recently-announced HR-V. This space-saving layout delivers genuine customer benefits in terms of versatility, interior practicality and storage solutions. Inside, the highly versatile Honda Magic Seats® will also feature in this latest model.

Due to go on sale in summer 2015, the new European Jazz will offer improved fuel economy and higher performance thanks to its new Earth Dreams Technology engine. The new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine is supported by either a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a CVT transmission.

Honda (UK) Leon Brannan, Head of Car, commented: "The Jazz is a hugely important car for Honda in the UK, and has been a runaway success since its original launch. It has an extremely loyal following, its reliability is legendary. The new Jazz with its sleek, modern design, refined and comfortable ride, will, we are confident, build even more loyal followers."

The new Jazz is set to deliver a more refined and comfortable ride for both the driver and passengers, thanks to a new suspension system.

Further information on Honda's new Jazz for Europe will be announced during Honda's press conference at the 2014 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris, at 16.45 CET on Thursday 2 October (Hall 3).

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