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Honda Jazz hybrid to be introduced

The Honda Jazz range has been refreshed for 2011, resulting in lower CO2 emissions for some models, and a hybrid version is being introduced.

The 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre i-VTEC petrol engines benefit from slight CO2 improvements. The 1.4-litre manual variant with manual transmission has emissions starting at 126 g/km, down from 128 g/km, equating to 51.4 mpg. The 1.2 litre engine can achieve 53.3 mpg and also drops 2 g/km CO2 to 123 g/km.

In comparison the Jazz Hybrid has a combined fuel consumption figure of 62.8 mpg and a CO2 output of just 104 g/km.

The option of CVT (constantly variable transmission) is also back. The CVT transmission is a standard feature on the Hybrid while it’s available as an option on 1.4 litre petrol models, where it now matches the economy and emissions of the outgoing Jazz i-SHIFT, with CO2 starting at 125 g/km.

New front and rear bumpers have been designed to reduce drag as the airflow passes over the car’s body and to avoid turbulence when the airflow leaves the rear. These styling improvements result in slightly improved aerodynamic efficiency on all Jazz models. All Jazz models, including the Hybrid version, share new projector-style headlights.

Leather upholstery is also now available as a £1,250 option on the 1.4-litre petrol EX model, and standard on the Jazz Hybrid in HX trim.

The suspension on the 2011 Jazz also features revised settings to increase ride comfort and improve handling, as well as improvements to steering feel at higher speeds.

There are four new colours available across the petrol range – Azure Blue, Polished Metal, Urban Titanium and Ionized Bronze. The Hybrid version also comes in Azure Blue plus two new colours – Lime Green Metallic and Taffeta White.

The revised Honda Jazz range, including the new hybrid model, goes on sale in the UK on 1 February 2011, with prices starting from £11,295 for the 1.2 S model and £15,995 for the Hybrid variant in HE trim . You’ll note that the base hybrid model is almost £5,000 more than the 1.2 S model. The top of the range Hybrid HX cost £17,995.