Say hy to the Honda Jazz hybrid! The Japanese firm has confirmed that the petrol-electric supermini will make its public debut at the Paris Motor Show next month.
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.
MPG and emissions data are currently being ascertained, as the Jazz hybrid goes through the proper homologation process, and will be released at the Paris Motor Show in September. However, as the newcomer is based on the same underpinnings as the Insight, which returns 64.2mpg and 101g/km of carbon dioxide, the smaller, lighter Jazz should return just over 65mpg and scrape under 100g/km.
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.
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.