Honda reveals Jazz Hybrid details ahead of Paris debut

Japanese automaker Honda has revealed details about its soon-to-be-released Jazz Hybrid, which will make its debut at the Paris motor show in October.

Specifically, the car makes use of the company’s parallel hybrid Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system that uses an electric motor mounted between the engine and transmission.

The IMA battery pack and power control unit have been integrated in the area under the boot floor of the new car, providing a boot above 300 litres while allowing the seats of the car to fold in the same manner as non-hybrid versions.

The IMA hybrid motor and control system technologies have already been deployed in the company’s Insight and CR-Z hybrids.

The Jazz Hybrid also features the same 1.3 litre i-VTEC engine as the Insight hybrid, and despite its taller shape, the car has similar CO2 emissions of 104g/km, according to Honda tests.

Like the Insight and Civic Hybrid models, the Jazz Hybrid is capable of running on its electric motor alone under some medium- and low-speed conditions and this contributes to a combined fuel consumption figure of just 4.4l/100km.

The Jazz hybrid will go on sale in some European markets in the early part of 2011; prices, emission levels and full specifications will be announced shortly.