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Honda Jazz (2015 - )

Last updated 23 October 2014

New engines include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder developing around 120PS. Plus a 1.5 four-cylinder turbo with more than 200PS.
Delayed for UK until 2015.
Updated 2 October 2014

Jazz for Europe displayed at 2014 Paris Motor Show, to be fitted with a 1.3iVTEC engine. Honda's UK MD Phil Crosland confirmed that RHD for the UK will be built in Japan, not in India as had previously...

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The new Honda Jazz is already on sale in Japan and America, where it is known as the Fit, yet European buyers will have to wait until mid-2015 or later to buy it. The reason, it seems, is that it will be launched with a complete new family of engines.

There will be the 130PS 1.5-litre petrol unit already being offered in the Fit, but Honda is also developing small-capacity direct-injection turbo units, at least one of which, while not confirmed, seems tailor-made for it.

This is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit developing around 120PS There will also be a 1.5 four-cylinder turbo, based on the non-turbo version in the Fit, with more than 200PS.

Honda is targeting class-best torque outputs of 200Nm ft for the 1.0 and an even more impressive 260Nm ft with the 1.5. Honda says this is up to 45% better than the engines they will replace.

It seems that the 1.0-litre engine is also being prepared for use in the Civic. We’ve driven a Civic test mule fitted with the engine in Japan, and it’s exceptionally refined.

There’s none of the wheezy thrum noticed with some three-cylinder engines, largely – the engineers say – because of the efforts they have put into eliminating vertical vibrations, and the car’s liquid-filled engine mounts, which are usually reserved for larger and more expensive models.

Both new engines pull strongly considering their size – we tried the 1.5 turbo in a mid-sized US-market Acura saloon. It might be a bit too powerful and expensive for a car like the Jazz, though.

We also got to sample a Japanese-spec fit with the standard 1.5 engine and a continuously variable (CVT) transmission – not usually our favourite type of gearbox, but in this case refreshingly smooth-shifting and quiet. There’s also a manual option, both of which would find favour with UK buyers.

And Honda has revealed that it is developing a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox for use in the Jazz/Fit, though the introduction date is as yet unspecified.  

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