By Stewart Smith on 2017-08-14 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
New wave Jazz swings
HONDA has revealed its new Jazz, which will appear at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, which has updates to styling and interior trim, plus for the first time in Europe will also be available with a 130bhp 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine.
The new engine offers more power with lower fuel consumption and complies with Euro 6 emissions standards. Honda claim it can achieve fuel economy of 52.3mpg and CO2 emissions from 124g/km with the optional CVT automatic transmission.
A 102bhp 1.3 i-VTEC petrol engine will continue to be available across all Jazz trim levels, apart from the new Sport grade.
Exterior changes include a new headlight design and grille. The front bumper comes with more aggressive contours around the air vents.
At the rear, shallower grille sections are linked by a gloss black trim strip above a trapezoid lower section.
The 130bhp petrol engine is offered as part of a new Dynamic grade, which adds a thinner front splitter beneath the lower grille, and triple-strake diffuser to the rear bumper - both finished with a sporty red accent line.
Dynamic grade also includes LED headlights, front fog lamps, side sill skirts, a tailgate spoiler and gloss-black 185/55 R16 alloy wheels. The interior features a unique pinstripe pattern on the upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, all of which are enhanced by orange stitching.
The new Jazz comes with boot space of 354 litres (up to 897 litres with the rear seats folded down) and it includes a 60:40-split 'magic seat' system with a maximum interior loading length of 2,480 mm and maximum loading height of 1,280 mm.
Standard equipment includes cruise control, automatic headlights and the city-brake active safety system. Higher grades feature a seven-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.
Prices have yet to be confirmed and the new-look Jazz will be available to order from November with deliveries starting in early 2018.
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