New Honda Jazz 2015: price and release date

24 Feb, 2014 4:16pm Nathan Velayudhan

New Honda Jazz release date won't be until 2015 in the UK, but it gets a fresh design and better efficiency

The new Honda Jazz, known as the Honda Fit in other markets, is to be launched in 2015, according to the Japanese firm.

We've already driven a prototype of the Honda Jazz Hybrid (badged as a Fit), and our photographs show how it will look - although we do expect the UK model to be tuned more specifically for UK roads, and the styling may be revised as well. It's possible that the Jazz will be built in the UK too, as the current model is produced at Honda's Swindon plant.

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.

The first pictures of the Honda Jazz we saw were leaked online after photos from a Japanese brochure were uploaded to an Indian website - click on the gallery above to see them. Interior shots of a 'power/charge' meter confirmed the continuation of a Honda Jazz hybrid, and the new styling showed a clear link between the Jazz and the larger Civic.

Honda Jazz: good reputation

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.

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-litre 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 Honda 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.

New Honda Jazz engines

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 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.

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"We expect", "likely", "is expected", "could" !

Slack news day or what? Just give us the facts, man, and drop the idle speculation.

No doubt another very reliable and practical vehicle from Honda. Certainly more radical looking than before even if it gets toned down. I wonder if those that say the Jazz is an old people's car will make the same comments.

The new Jazz looks more MPV-ish than the current car. I was kind of hoping Honda will jazz up the new model to broaden its buyer base and give it some powerful engines because lack of power is the most common complaint you'll hear from the owners of Jazz. Other than that the car is roomy, practical and rock-solid.

Jazz up the new Jazz? Very good.

The Japanese can produce some of the most superbly engineered cars in the World.

They can also produce some of the Worlds most boring designs.

The trouble is Honda UK seems to market this car to the "third age". Judging from the current J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey this is a successful strategy. Along with the DS3, the Jazz is streets ahead of any of its supermini competitors in customer approval.

G8!!!!!!! Waiting to change from Jaaz to NEW Jaaz.

Reminiscent of a last-gen Citroen Picasso, at least in this view. Oh, for the days of Hondas I liked - CRX, NSX and early Civics!

And in reliability it is also a winner.

No diesel, likely that the type of journeys that the Jazz drivers generally do are not particularly DPF friendly.

Have to admire the bullet-proof reliability of Honda. Will deservedly be another global success.

Just hope it is not too heavily priced as honda can be. Have owned a jazz for tennyrs now and have upgraded every three years but they are getting very expensive.Love Hondas though and this looks less boring.