Are you thinking about buying your first electric, hybrid vehicle? If so, you might want to consider the Honda Jazz. It has now been confirmed that the vehicle, launching this year, will be on sale with the option of a hybrid powertrain and that’s not all. The vehicle is confirmed to include i-MMD hybrid technology. This has been brought over from the CR-V model that is currently on the market in the supermini.
The car is expected to be revealed in full at the Tokyo Motor Show later on this year. However, it has already been spotted on the tracks during testing stages. The car is expected to be a major rival to the new Peugeot 209 as well as the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo.
The Hybrid Engine
This is going to be a smaller engine than the one that is currently being used in the hybrid CR-V. Industry experts expect a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol build. The front wheels will receive power from the CVT automatic gearbox which does feature a fully integrated electric motor.
The new Honda Jazz is predicted to share a platform with the HR-V SUV currently on the market. For this reason, it’s predicted that it will only be available through petrol engines.
Some of the petrol engines available might include the 128bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder that is currently available in the HR-V as well as a 127bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo engine that is being used in the Civic hatch.
Honda Jazz Interior
Unfortunately, there has been limited information about the interior design of the new vehicle. However, it is fully expected to have the same infotainment system that is currently being used in the Civic. This does mean that buyers should expect both the Garmin sat-nav as well as Honda’s current connect system.
Honda Jazz Exterior
The car is still being tested under camouflage right now. However, it’s still possible to provide a few details about the exterior of the new vehicle. First, it doesn’t have the sharp angles of the Jazz currently available on the market. The bonnet is a much more prominent feature while the headlights appear to be rounded.
As well as this, both the bumper at the front of the vehicle and the grille have been completely restyled to provide a more modern aesthetic. The back also has significant changes with new taillights and a fresh rear hatch.
Time to Buy A Hybrid?
Honda is just one of the producers that are committing to the production and sale of EVs in 2019. Businesses are under increased pressure to meet tighter emission regulations and standards while hybrids are in greater demand from buyers. Reports suggest that the demand for hybrid vehicles is growing at a rapid pace as customers look to save on fuel and go green. It is only a matter of time before the production of hybrid cars overtakes the typical petrol and diesel engines for the biggest producers on the market, delivering a greener future to the car market.
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