Honda will reveal the new 2015 Jazz in prototype guise at the Paris Motor Show 2014 on 2 October – but don’t be misled by the prototype tag, for this is almost exactly how the new five-door supermini will look when it arrives in dealer showrooms in summer 2015.
A vital car for Honda in the UK, the new Jazz (an European version of the Honda Fit already on sale in Japan and the US) boasts an all-new body that’s 15mm longer and much crisper and dynamic than today’s car; our eyes are particularly drawn to that big tailgate spoiler and sports-style bumpers – not all Jazz will get these, we suspect, but it’s still a promising sign that some will.
Already one of the most practical superminis on sale, Honda’s further boosting the new Jazz’s roominess; it’s 15mm longer but the wheelbase has been stretched 30mm and it will retain the central fuel tank layout of the current car. With Honda’s Magic Seats rear bench also carrying across, we expect the new Jazz to further its spaciousness lead over its rivals.
Something the current car is less good at is riding smoothly. Enter all new suspension that the firm promises will “deliver a more refined and comfortable ride”, hopefully also upping the handling engagement while it’s at it.
There’s even an all-new engine. Honda isn’t saying much about the new 1.3-litre i-VTEC Earth Dreams motor, other than conforming economy and performance will both be improved, although it does reveal it will come either with a six-speed manual (one more than the current car) or a CVT automatic transmission.
Honda (UK) Leon Brannan, Head of Car said “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.”
Such loyalty will carry over to the new car, he said, but it will also win new fans. “The new Jazz with its sleek, modern design, refined and comfortable ride, will, we are confident, build even more loyal followers.”
All will be revealed late in the afternoon on the opening day of the Paris Motor Show 2014 on 2 October.