Paris Motor Show News: 2012 Honda Jazz Hybrid

2012 Honda Jazz Hybrid

2012 Honda Jazz Hybrid

The Hybrid Jazz boasts the same petrol electric IMA hybrid system as the Insight, mating an 87bhp 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol unit to a CVT gearbox with an electric motor sandwiched in between. Like the Insight and Civic hybrid, the Jazz will be able to run on electric power alone for short distances. As the Jazz is smaller and lighter than the Insight, it achieves a combined economy figure of 64.2mpg and emissions of 104g/km - a figure that's 21 per cent less than the Jazz 1.2 petrol.

To set the newcomer apart, the Jazz hybrid gets revised blue-tinted headlights, a new grille and tweaked bumper at the front, while the rear is treated to clear taillights lenses. The hybrid can also be specified in this striking shade of Lime Green metallic.

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Inside, the cabin gets blue-lit dials and can be specified with leather upholstery, which is the first time Honda has offered the trim in Europe. The hybrid Jazz goes on sale in Japan in October, where it’s badged as the Honda Fit, and will go on sale in the UK early in 2011. Prices will be announced closer to the time. In Japan the Fit hybrid costs more than a conventionally-powered Fit supermini, but less than an Insight. Apply this logic to the UK Honda range, where the Insight starts at £16,325, while a top-spec Jazz costs £15,770, and the Jazz hybrid should be priced at around £16,000 when it arrives here, making it the cheapest hybrid on the market.

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