Honda promise new Jazz will hit the right note
Honda are today revealing extensive details of their third-generation Jazz supermini.
After it is offically shown at Geneva next week, it is due here in the summer.
However, that arrival is more likely to be for August rather than July buyers.
I saw a prelim version of this at the Paris Motor and it looked great.
Always a classy car in its own right, they are claiming they have generated a lot of additional space in the cabin this time round.
And because they have their own flexible seating system, that means you can make best use of whatever space is available for passenger or luggage requirements.
It is still a real Honda Jazz to look at, but inside they claim the quality of cabin, especially soft-touch materials, is way up.
It gets a 7ins touchscreen (on higher-spec models - others get a 5ins LCD multi-information display) in the centre of the dash to show off its new in-car infotainment system which allows for internet browsing, real-time news, traffic etc.
Importantly, there will be a new 1.3-litre petrol engine.
The chassis is considerably lighter, they say, and the suspension has been re-engineered so handling overall should be well improved.
Like the HR-V we told you about last week (with which it shares its platform incidentally), they have the Advanced Driver Assist System in this too.
And like the HR-V, the Jazz also has a lower-profile fuel tank under the front seats.
What is the significance of that?
Well, it means there is a lot more space under the rear seats.
And that, in turn, means they can have their mix-and-match 'Magic Seats' system to give you more flexibility for occupants or luggage.
This new Jazz is 95mm longer than the old one and the wheelbase is up 30mm.
As a result they are claiming best-in-class leg, shoulder and headroom at the front and the rear.
Boot space is up to 354 litres. And that expands to 884 litres when you fold the rear seats.
Getting at the boot looks like it should be easier than most because there is a wide tailgate and, they claim, a low-load height. And stuff can be secured thanks to four tie-downs. Nothing worse than something bumping around all over the place while you're driving.
The new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine delivers 100bhp.
They have a new 6spd manual taking over from the existing 5spd. And there is the option of a semi-automatic CVT transmission.
The cabin should be bright considering the large windscreen sweeps back a long way.
The brand's Connect interface, again like in the HR-V, uses smartphone-style 'pinch, swipe and tap'.
It runs the Android operating system and Honda say you can add more apps from its centre. Integrated Garmin navigation is also available.
The system also syncs with smartphones and other multimedia devices through MirrorLink, Bluetooth, wifi, HDMI and USB.
The Advanced Driver Assist System is an option on entry-level but standard on other grades.
This cluster of safety technologies includes Intelligent Speed Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, and High-beam Support System.
Again, like in the HR-V. the City-Brake Active system is standard.
No mention of price or Irish spec levels as yet.