News: Honda Jazz - Flexibility better packaged

It also remains in the third generation Honda Jazz true to its flexible seating system. There is also more space, new assistants and motors as well as a polished design. The European version of the small car celebrates its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show (5. To 15. March), and it will come to the dealer in summer.

The five-door hatchback has been on the market in Japan since 2013; in Germany it only starts in the summer. On the outside, jazz is no longer built as van-like as its predecessor, appears flatter and stretched. Also because the length has grown by almost ten centimeters to almost four meters, three centimeters of which are attributable to the wheelbase. This promises even more space in the rear - the chocolate side of the Japanese, even with its predecessors. Because the tank in Jazz is traditionally not housed under the back seat as usual, its seats can be folded up like a cinema chair to transport bulky items in the footwell. Alternatively, the backrests can be folded down, which results in a flat loading floor in the trunk. New in generation three is an additional foldable backrest in the front seat, which also makes it possible to transport particularly long items. But even with full seating, the small Honda with a luggage compartment volume of 354 liters is one of the loading masters in its class.

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The interior of the new edition now looks less playful than the slightly confusing predecessor. There is also a new, Internet-enabled infotainment system that also allows the smartphone screen to be mirrored on the touchscreen in the center console. The Japanese also electronically upgraded the assistants. A city emergency braking system is now always on board; collision detectors, lane keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and automatic high beam can be added on request.

For the drive, Honda initially relies on a 1,3 liter petrol engine with 75 kW / 102 PS, which is new for Europe. The four-cylinder is coupled to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, and a continuously variable transmission is available for an additional charge. In addition, there will also be an 1,6 liter diesel with 88 kW / 120 PS and a hybrid of an 81 kW / 110 PS petrol engine and a 30 PS electric motor.

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The manufacturer has not yet quoted prices almost half a year before the market launch. The entry-level version of the previous Jazz with 66 kW / 90 PS costs around 13.000 euros. This is also roughly the level at which direct competitors like Nissan Note, Toyota Yaris or Kia Venga operate.

Author: Holger Holzer / SP-X

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