Put those Worther Originals down, Honda has big news. The new Jazz has been revealed, with sportier styling, plus a new engine. It’s actually quite a mean looking car, which could be bad news for the blue rinse brigade.
New Look, New Engine
The new Jazz looks sportier than the previous model, featuring a sharp front bumper with more aggressive contours around the air vents. The rear features shallower grilles that are finished off my gloss black trims to help it look more hip hop than hip op. The new Jazz is also available in a new colour, Skyride Blue, which is used on the model pictured below. It may look more aggressive, but it still retains its high practicality, featuring a boot that’s 354 litres in size – plenty of room to fit the Westies in!
As well as a more dynamic look, the Jazz has been treated to a new 1.5 litre 128bhp petrol engine for the first time, although that will only be made available in European markets. The Japanese brand has not yet revealed the performance figures but what is known is 52.3mpg is available on a combined run with 124g/km of CO2 emissions. This will join the pre-existing 1.3 litre petrol that is mated to a 5-speed manual. The 1.5 is also offered with a manual ‘box, but buyers can also opt for a CVT setup instead.
What About Kit?
The new Jazz will be made available with features such as cruise control, automatic headlights, and the City-Brake Active safety system. Higher grades feature a 7-inch Honda Connect infotainment system, rear-view parking camera, keyless entry and start, as well as advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition.
There is also a new ‘Dynamic’ grade available on the new Jazz. What is that I hear you cry? Well, it’s a styling pack that is available with the 128bhp engine, and features thinner front splitter beneath the lower grille, and triple-strake diffuser to the rear bumper – both finished with a sporty red accent line.
You’ll also get LED headlights, front fog lamps, side skirts, black 16″ alloys and you even get a spolier! Step inside the cabin and you’ll find a unique pinstripe pattern on the seats, plus the gearknob and steering wheel are wrapped in leather, finished off with orange stitching.
The new Jazz will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will be available to order from November this year.