Honda is set to launch what it reckons is the world's first supermini hybrid at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The hybrid Jazz is fitted with the same petrol-electric system that powers the larger Insight. It will go on sale in Ireland in 2011.
The 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine is combined with an electric motor, putting drive to the front wheels via a CVT gearbox. Like the Insight, it will be capable of running on the electric motor alone during medium and low speeds. Both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are likely to be similar to the Insight's. The Jazz Hybrid will comfortable sit into Band A for road tax. Emissions of about 100g/km are expected
Revised headlights with a blue surround, clear rear lenses, a new front grille and restyled bumpers distinguish this eco-version from the regular Jazz. A bespoke Lime Green metallic paint finish will also be available.
Inside, the cabin has a fresh look too; complementing a revised dashboard are blue illuminated dials and dashboard instruments. The new Jazz Hybrid is also available with optional leather trim - a first for the model.
Accompanying the new hybrid Jazz in Paris will be Honda's 2011 model year Insight, CR-Z, Jazz, CR-V, Accord and Accord Tourer. Doors open to the public at the Paris Motor Show on 2 October 2010.