A brand new Honda Jazz just point the tip of his cap in Japan. It will land in Europe next year, and will be available in full hybrid version with a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox.
The little Honda Jazz, called Fit in Japan, is a “world car” made in ten plants located in eight countries. Since its launch in 2001, it has sold over four million copies. His third album has been revealed in Japan. It is in line with the previous two generations. The ratings that determine its shape changed little. We are always in the presence of a small MPV into a French minispace, a length of about four meters.
As the latest Civic and Insight restyled, the new Jazz features a front panel with a prolonged by headlights grille. The large openings in the shields would not look at a Lamborghini on the tailgate flanked by vertical lights, it evokes some Volvo. On the first photos, the height of the side windows seems to have decreased and the sides do not seem that higher, creating the illusion that the wheels are too small. To judge on parts, it will show a little patience. If the new Fit will be available in Japan next month, the Jazz will not land in Europe before 2014.
European customers is deemed demanding. To design the new Jazz, Honda claims to have taken the Volkswagen Polo as a reference, especially for its dynamic qualities. This should result in a reduction in seat height and a lower roll in curves. To seduce the old continent, the new Jazz also will receive the diesel that has long been lacking, probably the 1.6 i-Dtec 120 hp. But that does not stop Honda persist in developing hybrid vehicles. Thus, the Jazz brings Sport Hybrid i-DCD, a full hybrid system including a unique double clutch transmission.
Again the Europeans, for the most refractory to drive CVT transmission type that fitted to the previous Jazz hybrid, may have motivated this choice. Still, the Sport Hybrid i-DCD consists of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline 100 hp operating on the Atkinson cycle, such as a Toyota Yaris hybrid. The engineers decided to pair it with a 30 hp electric motor, via a dual-clutch DCT 7-speed, comparable to the Volkswagen DSG. Honda already uses this technology for some bikes of the brand, but in the case of an automobile is a first.
Official figures are promising. The average consumption of the new Jazz hybrid is 2.74 l/100 km. Certainly, there is a value measured according to the JC08 Japanese approval cycle, but it represents a gain of 35% compared to the previous IMA system. Competition, namely the Toyota Yaris hybrid, would beat her. Honda suggests that CO2 emissions from the Jazz Hybrid will be less than or equal to 70 g / km, against 79 g / km for the Yaris.
With a combined now exceeds 130 hp power, performance should show good progress and the dual-clutch also improve driveability. Always compared to the previous version, note the appearance of a pure electric mode. The range is limited to about 3 km but it will be pushing on up to 40 km / h. Thanks to the dual-clutch which allows completely decouple the engine braking, Honda has also increased the regenerative capacity of the battery during deceleration. Lithium-ion batteries, the latter is more efficient than the previous model metal hydride nickel, but it is also more expensive. Will it lead to inflation rate of Jazz Hybrid, currently sold out € 21,800 environmental bonus? Response in 2014.