Honda will start selling the new Jazz in Japan in September. Meanwhile, take a look at these pictures we’ve posted, as well as some of the details being thrown about. We don’t have a definitive date yet, but we do believe Honda SA will start selling these Jazz models sometime in 2014.
This particular model is fitted with what Honda calls Sport Hybrid system and is the first to do so in the company. It is run by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that’s mated to a 7-speed Dual Clutch Drive gearbox. Being a hybrid it also sports a built-in lithium-ion battery. Honda did not release power figures but did say it will return a stunning 2.7 litres per 100km in fuel, which is something of a record in Japan. For any car.
At the same time the Sport Hybrid has three driving modes, which are; EV Drive Mode for electric motor-only driving, the Hybrid Drive Mode for both engine and electric motor driving and the Engine Drive Mode for engine only driving.
The powertrain is part of what Honda calls “Earth Dreams Technology” which is about increasing performance while decreasing the car’s impact on the environment. As such, we will soon see some new small petrol turbo engines coming from Honda. Finally!