Honda Jazz (2015): first pictures of European Jazz supermini

Published: 17 September 2014

The new 2015 Honda Jazz doesn’t deviate much from the format set by its predecessors, judging by the first pictures of the European-spec supermini issued today.

Although dubbed a prototype, what you see here is near as dammit the 2015 Jazz you’ll see in Honda showrooms next summer.

What’s new on the 2015 Honda Jazz?

That bodyshell is all-new, says Honda. It’s 15mm longer, and the axles are pushed closer to the ends of the Jazz courtesy of a 30mm stretch in the wheelbase of Honda’s global compact platform.

No prizes for guessing that this is to liberate more passenger space in the cabin - always a Honda Jazz party trick.

The Magic Seats, which flip up like cinema chairs letting you slot a bike or tall objects in the back row, return. They’re allowed by a fuel tank mounted centrally which liberates a lower floorpan, just like on earlier Jazzes, the Civic and the recently announced HR-V.

Tech underneath the third-generation Honda Jazz

Honda has an answer to BMW’s Efficient Dynamics and Volkswagen’s Bluemotion tech. Called the cheesily named Earth Dreams Technology, this brings a new 1.3-litre i-VTEC petrol engine which will be available with a six-speed manual or a CVT auto transmission.

No specific power or economy claims have been released yet, but we’ll see the full story at the 2014 Paris motor show on 2 October, where the Jazz makes its European debut.

Honda also promises a new suspension system. No details are available yet.

Reaction to the new Jazz

Honda UK’s Leon Brannan said: ‘The Jazz is a hugely important car for Honda in the UK, and has been a runaway success since its original launch. It has an extremely loyal following, its reliability is legendary.’

Our view? Drivers wanting reliable, hassle-free small car motoring look like they’re in for another Honda treat. The Jazz may not thrill enthusiasts, but there’s no arguing with its Captain Sensible status.

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet