Details about the hybrid drivetrain to be used in the next-generation Honda Jazz have been announced in Europe.
Under the bonnet there's a 1.5-litre petrol engine and two electric motors driving the front wheels via a fixed-gear transmission, which the company says is more compact than the usual eCVT setup used in other hybrid vehicles.
There are three drivetrain modes which the Jazz seamlessly switches between.
In EV Drive the car's electric propulsion motor drives the wheels directly, while in Engine Drive the 1.5-litre mill is directly connected to the wheels through a lock-up clutch, with a power boost from the electric propulsion motor when required for fast acceleration.
For Hybrid Drive, the petrol engine drives a generator motor, which in turn drives the propulsion motor. Excess power from the petrol engine is sent through the generator motor to recharge the car's lithium-ion battery pack.
According to Honda, the Jazz will use EV and Hybrid modes primarily in urban environments, while Engine Drive is reserved for highway driving.
The hybrid drivetrain is rated at 80kW and 253Nm. Fuel consumption using the WLTP standard is a claimed 4.4L/100km, while the crossover-themed Crosstar variant is thirstier at 4.7L/100km.
The Jazz hybrid has a claimed 0-100km/h time of 9.4 seconds, and a top speed of 174km/h.
Boot space with the rear seats up is said to be 298 litres. This grows to 1203L when the seats are folded down. Once again the Jazz features the versatile Magic Seat system.
The new Jazz will go on sale in Europe around the middle of the year purely as a hybrid, but it's unclear at this stage whether Honda will bring the next-generation Jazz Down Under.
Talking to CarAdvice in December 2019, Stephen Collins, MD of Honda Australia, admitted bringing the car here is a "very, very challenging" task.
“It’s a full business model issue, the cost of the car, where the segment’s at, where we can position the car, they’re all of the factors we’re juggling. It’s a challenge,” Collins said.
"It’s no small decision and we are very conscious of that. They’re very loyal buyers, and it’s the entry point to our range.”