Late last week the third generation of Honda’s hugely popular sub-compact hatchback, the all-new 2015 Jazz was launched. Destined to redefine the B-segment with added space, versatility, refinement and technology the Jazz builds on the strong reputation of its highly successful predecessors. The global car, also known as the ‘Fit’ in some markets, has sold over 5 million units worldwide since the first generation model was introduced in 2001 and it is currently being manufactured in seven countries. While the newcomer retains the classic Jazz silhouette, it exhibits distinctive contemporary styling, including a powerful new face and strong character lines.
Featuring bold yet sophisticated exterior and interior design, the all-new Jazz is 95 mm longer than its predecessor, with a wheelbase extended by 30 mm. A new platform means that the latest Jazz is proportionally even bigger on the inside than the previous generation model. Part of Honda’s new global series, the all-new Jazz follows Honda’s ‘man maximum, machine minimum’ design concept. This concept aims to achieve a compact yet highly efficient package through maximising the space for occupants while minimising the space utilised by the car. The four-metre long Jazz employs a centre-mounted fuel tank to allow for class-leading interior space and Honda’s innovative packaging solutions. Honda’s Magic Seats system ensures the interior offers unmatched versatility as well as class-leading space, with a range of configurations for carrying cargo and passengers.
Users also benefit from increased refinement and advanced safety and infotainment technologies, as well as a highly efficient and more dynamic driving experience. High-quality soft-touch materials and thoughtful interior design provide a sophisticated ambience complemented by a seven-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dash, featuring Honda’s new in-car infotainment system, Honda Connect – depending on model. The all-new Jazz will be fitted with a new powerful and efficient 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series. A refined ride is allied to more responsive and engaging handling thanks to a new, more rigid and lighter chassis and re-engineered suspension that has been specifically tuned for Europe. Honda’s all-new Jazz line-up, which will feature three equipment grades, will go on sale in Ireland in September 2015 and we look forward to testing this popular hatch.