Following the leaked pictures Honda has confirmed that the new Jazz will go on sale in Japan in September - which means it is unlikely to appear at the Toyoko Motor Show. The company has also claimed that the new model will offer 65mm more legroom than before - suggesting a longer wheel base - and promises that the cabin has been redesigned with higher quality materials and trims.
These are the latest pictures of the Honda Jazz, which leaked online after photos from a Japanese brochure were uploaded to an Indian website. It's easy to see that the new Honda Jazz boasts new styling, with interior shots of a 'power/charge' meter confirming the continuation of a Honda Jazz hybrid. It's also clear that the Jazz has taken a lot of inspiration from the current Honda Civic.
The new third-generation Honda Jazz is likely to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, ahead of its Japanese release date of late September 2013. Europe won't get the new Jazz until the start of 2014 at the earliest.
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The new car has a lot to live up to, following the success of the first and second generation of the Jazz, with respondents to our 2013 Driver Power Survey praising the car’s reliability above all else.
We expect that the Honda Urban SUV Concept (pictured), revealed at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2013, will inspire the look of the new Jazz. This is likely to include swept-back headlights, a large, gloss-black front grille and more sculpted metalwork along the car’s side than before.
Inside, the Jazz will maintain its reputation for offering excellent amounts of space. The first and second generation models finished in the top 10 for practicality in our Driver Power survey, so expect the Jazz to feature a boot with around 400-litres capacity, and Magic Seats which fold flat at the touch of a button.
The new Jazz will use a new, scaleable platform that will also underpin the production version of the Urban SUV concept, due to rival the Nissan Juke when it goes on sale here in mid-2014. The new platform should allow Honda to give the car more sporty handling, but still remain comfortable on longer drives.
The engine range is expected to be largely similar, with efficient 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrols, plus an upgraded version of the Jazz Hybrid.
Honda hasn’t offered a diesel Jazz in its line-up before, but it could offer the firm’s new 1.6-litre diesel that launched in the Civic at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, and will be fitted to the CR-V later in 2013. That engine develops 300Nm of torque, and emits only 119g/km of CO2.
A price for the new Honda Jazz has yet to be revealed, but we would expect it to start from around £14,000 and the hybrid version to cost from around £17,000.