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European Honda Jazz Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Honda has told us it will not be producing a Honda Fit Hybrid for the U.S. market, but it also once told us that there will be no Honda Jazz Hybrid. What you are looking at above is exactly that – an EU-market Honda Jazz with a gas-electric drivetrain. The new, more verdant model is set to make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show, and Honda has just released an expanded array of images and more details about the eco-minded hatch. While the Japanese automaker hasn't divulged the car's full specs, there are a few things we do know:
  • Interior space remains largely uncompromised, as the battery pack and other hybrid hardware is under the trunk floor.
  • The IMA mild hybrid motor and control systems are shared with the Insight and CR-Z.
  • Just like the Insight, the Jazz Hybrid utilizes a 1.3-liter gasoline engine under the hood.
The U.S. 2010 Honda Fit model is rated at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, and we expect the Fit Hybrid to push that urban rating up by more than a few notches. Sadly, this new model remains unlikely to make it to North American shores.



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Honda Jazz Hybrid, Fully Flexible

*Jazz/Fit Hybrid keeps same interior cargo level as non-hybrid models.
*Motor and control system shared with Insight and CR-Z.
*1.3-liter i-VTEC paired with electric motor.


The world debut of the Jazz Hybrid at the Paris motor show will offer the first opportunity to see that Honda has added IMA hybrid technology to the innovative hatchback while still retaining the flexibility of its unique folding Magic Seats.

Importantly in the Jazz Hybrid the integration of the hybrid system into the car has not diminished the interior space, with the boot floor remaining at the same level as the current 1.2 and 1.4 Jazz models. The IMA battery pack and power control unit have been integrated in the area under the boot floor, keeping the normal boot (above floor) area of 300 litres and allowing the Magic Seats to fold in the same manner as non-hybrid versions. This means that the seats still fold entirely flat to provide a surprising large boot space of 831 litres or the seat bases can be folded to sit vertically to accommodate tall items within the car.

The IMA hybrid motor and control system are shared with the Insight and CR-Z hybrids, taking advantage of the proven reliability of this important technology. With almost two decades of development and 10 years of sales behind it, the Honda IMA system has proven itself to be a flexible and dependable technology, with over half a million vehicles on the road benefitting from its combination of low emissions and fuel economy.
The Jazz Hybrid will feature the same 1.3 litre i-VTEC as the Insight hybrid and despite its taller, more flexibility focussed shape, the new car has CO2 emissions of a similar level at 104 g/km* according to internal Honda tests. Like the Insight and Civic Hybrid models, the Jazz Hybrid will be capable of running on the electric motor alone under some medium and low speed conditions and this contributes to a combined fuel consumption figure of just 4.4 l/100km*.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If IMA sucks so much, why is the original Insight good for 65-70 MPG? Its the rest of the car: weight, CD, rolling resistance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      useless
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Skoda Yeti, a far biggger crossover car, gets 4.6L/100km with a diesel.
      What are Honda engineers doing? No point in going to all the complication of a hybrid for these consumption figures.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anybody know the Cd of the Fit/Jazz? The interior design and overall packaging in the Fit/Jazz makes it the best hatchback ever, IMO.

      Sincerely, Neil
      • 4 Years Ago
      We all expect these micro-hybrids to have really good gas mileage, but that is never the case. I'd be surprised if it gets over 40mpg.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Careful, "micro hybrid" sometimes refers to a car that only uses its motor for initial acceleration and restarting the engine from a standstill, also known as "stop-start". The Bluemotion Mercedes-Benz models are micro hybrids.

        So far every hybrid smaller than the Prius gets worse mpg (except the original Honda Insight), but it's not a law of physics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda continues to underwhelm with their hybrid technology. They should just bite the bullet and license Toyota's technology.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not sure why you expect it to best that mpg by much with the same drive train as cr-z - which does not best it by much.
      I think these 'notches' you speak of will be very small notches.

      Part of me is peeved that yet another car will not be offered in the US.
      On the other hand - I don't have particularly high hopes for it anyway with honda's same old, lame old hybrid setup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda IMA Sucks
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bought a pre-owned Honda recently from http://www.hillsidehonda.com, and I love it. It gets great gas mileage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an Audi A2 with the 1.6l FSI direct injection motor, and this would be the direct replacement for it. My average fuel economy, as read by the trip computer, is currently at 5.8l/100km, which is fantastic for a gasoline engined car. The Honda, with a similar packaging will probably give similar performance, but with 4.4l/100km. If the price holds up and they offer it with a manual transmission, this would be my replacement car if the Audi gives up the ghost. But it doesn't look as good as my aluminium ride.

      The value of this car will depend on the price. If it stays affordable, this will be a nice step before electric or hybrid electric drive trains are democratized.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would have thought you would be a bit disappointed with the interior of a Jazz after having an Audi.
        The obvious replacement for you is surely the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI
        http://green.autoblog.com/2010/09/22/2011-audi-a1-dual-charged-1-4-liter-tfsi-model-hits-nearly-40-mp/

        which uses and almost identical km/litre to that which you have been used to.
        There are also a whole gaggle of Fiestas and Polos and even the Fiat 500 which would get just as good mileage.

        If you want to really go high mileage, the Peugeot 3008 hybrid is out in 2011, which gets around 3.9L/100k
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with David Martin. I went from a high-trim BMW 3 series to a compact Nissan. It was painful.

        What about that lexus hatchback thingy with the 1.8L prius drivetrain? seems like that may be a better fit for you, if you have the means.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hahaha... we don't get any of the smaller audis here in the US.
        It is just so odd to hear somebody talking about cross-shopping (or replacing) an audi with a honda fit (as we know it here).
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Middle Way,
        I've got you down as a potential Infiniti BEV buyer......
      • 4 Years Ago
      The market will drive Honda's decision. I think also the unimpressive Insight possibly will be replaced with this hybrid. If people want it, it will come here, or something equivalent. Either that or a BEV to compete with the Leaf.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember a few years back when the rumor was that Honda planned a newer cheaper hybrid. Many hoped it would be a hybrid Fit, instead it became the 2nd Insight. The Fit was extremely popular for its versatility and style, and more than a few auto enthusiasts suspect that a hybrid Fit would have been far more successful than the Insight was.

      So now that Honda has finally decided to work on a hybrid Fit - and they're not going to sell it in its biggest potential market?
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