In July, we published photos of the hybrid version of the next-generation Honda Jazz. Well, while digging through Honda's Japanese media site, we discovered more details and photos of the standard car (known as the Fit in Japan) which we just might get locally.
According to Honda, the third-generation Jazz will receive all-new engines, with the 1.3-liter mill having a class-leading fuel economy of 26km/L, while the 1.5-liter powerplant will feature Honda's proprietary direct-injection technology "to produce high output for powerful, exhilarating driving."
Transmission choices for the new Jazz are limited to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a paddle-equipped CVT.
The Jazz is already known for its spacious cabin, and Honda improves on that even further by refining the center fuel-tank layout, thus reducing vehicle weight and expanding the car's interior even more.
Numerous safety features are also either built-in or will be offered with the Jazz. The Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, for example, is a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. Pedestrian injuries will also be minimized in the event of a collision with the Jazz's front end, thanks to the Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Body. Honda's City-Brake Active system, which is designed to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions and accidents during off-the-line starts, will also be available on certain Jazz models.
An interesting new feature that will be offered in some models of the third-generation Jazz is the rotating front passenger seat which "makes it even easier to get in and out" of the vehicle.
Production of the all-new Jazz will begin for Honda's home market of Japan in November 2013. Excited?