Honda prepares to launch new JazzNew model to hit the UK this autumn
31 July 2008
Honda is to launch an all-new Jazz which will go on sale this autumn.
The Jazz has been one of the most popular and successful superminis since it launched in 2002, winning over 30 industry awards.
Now Honda hopes the new Jazz will build on this success and says it has a more stylish, contemporary exterior design to appeal to a broader audience.
It also comes with a slightly larger body style - which means it will be more spacious than its predecessor – and either 1.2 or 1.4 low emission petrol i-VTec engines.
There's also the option of Honda’s next-generation 6-speed i-Shift automated manual transmission on the 1.4-litre engine, which promises reduced gear change times, smoother shifts and more intelligent automatic mode shift logic.
The new shift indicator light fitted to manual models also provides a visual prompt of the best gear shift points to maximise economy.
Honda says ride comfort has been improved through a number of suspension revisions, while Honda’s stability assist, VSA, is now available across the range.
The carmaker adds that the interior is more spacious for both driver and passengers,
Visibility is also boosted by reduced width A-pillars, a larger windscreen and quarter windows three times the size of those in the previous model.
Which? Car editor Richard Headland said: 'We're big fans of the outgoing Jazz, which has been a Which? Best Buy for several years.
'It seems Honda is trying to refine its successful recipe, so we look forward to seeing whether the new Jazz will live up to its promise.'