The New Honda Jazz with e:Hev is set for sales roll out in Europe very soon. The e:Hev designation given, denotes the sub-compact’s impressive efficiency, comfort and usability.
The e:HEV system comprises two compact electric motors connected to a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and an innovative fixed-gear transmission via an intelligent power control unit. This gives it an output of 109 PS / 80kW and fuel economy of 62.8 mpg (WLTP) on the standard model and 110 g/km (WLTP) and 58.9mpg (WLTP) on the Crosstar (highest grade).
The three drive modes available are EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. The first two are applicable for city driving, while engine drive is suitable for highway drive.
Rather than using a conventional transmission, a single fixed-gear ratio creates a direct connection between moving components, resulting in a smoother transfer of torque and a linear feel during acceleration. This format means Honda’s system is more compact than a planetary eCVT typically found in other hybrid vehicles, as well as being more refined.
To improve ride comfort, the new Jazz utilizes low friction suspension and gets much improved body rigidity.
The Jazz has always been known for its Clever packaging. Interior and boot space are two class-leading features for its class. The boot capacity (with rear seats up) starts from 298 liters and goes up to an impressive 1203 liters (rear seats down, to the roof). With a clever downsizing of components including engine intake system, transmission and power control unit (PCU), the interior space didn’t get compromised. An auxiliary 12v battery is even able to be fitted into the engine compartment, as a result. Also key to maximizing cabin room is the positioning of the fuel tank in the center of the chassis beneath the front seats, which is unique in this class. This enables the Jazz to retain the exceptionally versatile rear Magic Seat configuration that offers both fold-flat or flip-up seat flexibility, depending on load space required.
The dashboard is cleaner, with physical controls for key functions and dials for heating and ventilation settings. Connectivity is another update for the new Jazz. With 58 percent less manual controls, the user uses just the touchscreen like on a smartphone. Connected infotainment services are accessed via the touchscreen or are voice activated, while the comprehensive suite of in-built apps are accessed via mirroring or your regular CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless connection and WiFi Hotspot. Another unique feature is the Honda Personal Assistant, an A.I. voice assistant that obeys the “Ok, Honda” command.
Like most Honda models, the new Jazz has Honda Sensing active safety technology suite comprising Collision Mitigation Braking System and for the first time on the Jazz, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist System. Other noteworthy Sensing features include Road Departure Mitigation System, Blind Spot Information with Cross Traffic Monitor, Intelligent Speed Limiter, Auto High-Beam headlights and Traffic Sign Recognition.