European spec Honda Jazz prototype revealed prior to Paris Motor Show debut

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Honda is all set to introduce a refreshed variant of its premium hatchback, the Jazz for the European market as the manufacturer has officially released the first images of the new Jazz prototype that will make its public debut at the 2014 Mondial de l‘Automobile in Paris. This prototype introduces a completely new body shell for the model as the external dimensions have changed with the length being 15mm longer and the wheelbase 30mm longer helping to create an even more spacious cabin.

The third generation European Jazz will be built on the company’s global compact platform. It will retain the centre fuel tank layout that is already found in the current Jazz, as well as the Civic and recently-announced HR-V. Honda claims that this space-saving layout delivers genuine customer benefits in terms of versatility, interior practicality and storage solutions. The upcoming Jazz will also receive Honda Magic Seats.

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The upcoming European Jazz will go on sale in summer 2015. Honda also claims that the new Earth Dreams Technology engine will provide the upcoming European Jazz with improved fuel economy and higher performance. The new 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine is supported by either a six-speed manual (replacing the previous five-speed unit) or a CVT transmission.

Speaking about the upcoming Jazz, Honda (UK) Head of Car, Leon Brannan said, “The Jazz is a hugely important car for Honda in the UK, and has been a runaway success since its original launch. It has an extremely loyal following, its reliability is legendary. The new Jazz with its sleek, modern design, refined and comfortable ride, will, we are confident, build even more loyal followers.”

Honda will announce further information on the new Jazz for Europe during the press conference at 2014 Mondial de l‘Automobile in Paris on Thursday 2 October.