Honda re-introduces CVT in Jazz for European market

Honda re-introduces CVT in Jazz for European market

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Honda has introduced a mid-life revision to the Jazz in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show, and one of the key changes made to the model is the re-introduction of the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) drivetrain that was used in the previous generation model. Unlike the first generation Jazz, which used a start clutch, the new CVT incorporates a torque converter for improved parking speed drivability and better highway fuel economy.

Externally, the usual cosmetic changes have been made to differentiate the new Jazz from the pre-facelift one. The headlights have been ‘subtly altered’, according to Honda, and in between them sits a revised matte black grille. Aerodynamics of the front bumper are said to be enhanced as well. Beyond the new colours and new seat fabrics, little is changed in the Jazz’s cabin, because little needs to be changed to start with. The Magic Seats (Ultra Seats in our market) are retained and enhanced, now added with reclining function.

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Also shown by Honda in Geneva is the Jazz Hybrid, which is powered by the same 1.3-litre SOHC i-VTEC with IMA parallel hybird powertrain from the Insight. Packaging of the IMA’s power unit necessitated the reduction of boot space from 399 litres in the conventional Jazz to 300, but the Jazz Hybrid still retains the Magic Seats, which expands luggage volume to 1,320 litres – identical to the conventional model.

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