2010 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The hybrid version gets revised headlamps and a new grille, among other flourishes.
- Honda expects its fuel and emissions numbers to be comparable to the Insight.
- The Jazz is known as the Fit in the U.S.; however, Honda has no plans to bring the hybrid here.
PARIS — Honda will roll out its Jazz Hybrid at the 2010 Paris Auto Show next month. The gasoline-electric hybrid uses the same motor, 1.3-liter VTEC engine and control system as the Insight and CR-Z hybrids already on the market, and Honda says its fuel consumption and emissions numbers should be "comparable" to those on the Insight.
Revised headlamps, a new grille, restyled bumpers and chrome "tailgate garnish" are among the features of the hybrid Jazz. The interior has optional leather trim and a blue-lit instrument panel. It's also available in an eye-catching Lime Green metallic paint color.
The Jazz is the twin of the U.S.-market Fit, but the hybrid model is not expected to come here. Europeans can get the Jazz Hybrid in early 2011, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.
Edmunds.com says: A hybrid in a small package, the popularity of which should depend on how much of a hike there is in the Jazz's price. — Laura Sky Brown, Correspondent