Honda Adds Hybrid Powertrain to Jazz

Honda has extending its hybrid powertrain into the latest iteration of its top-selling urban runabout, the Jazz or Fit depending on markets.

The automaker’s e:HEV hybrid technology has been employed in the fourth generation of the car which remains focused on consumers who value ease-of-use over an exciting drive. Honda says Jazz e:HEV will play a key role in its commitment that all of its mainstream European sales will feature electrified powertrains by 2022.

The hybrid system is specially tailored for the model and comprises two compact, electric motors connected to a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine, a lithium-ion battery and a fixed-gear transmission governed by a power control unit. Total output of 105bhp is claimed as a 0-to-62mph sprint time of 9.4 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 108mph. Emission improvements are claiming CO2 emissions from 102 g/km on the WLTP and fuel economy of 62.8mpg (52.2mpg US) on the standard model.

A comprehensive connectivity suite also see the introduction of Honda’s Personal Assistant for seen on the BEV Honda e. The car will be available across Europe in summer 2020.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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