Honda will unveil a hybrid version of its Jazz supermini at the Paris Motor Show next month.
It will be the worlds first hybrid supermini and uses the same petrol-electric IMA system as the Insight: a 1.3-litre engine combined with a CVT gearbox, with an electric motor sandwiched between the two.
Honda says that, like the Insight and Civic Hybrid, the hybrid Jazz will be able to run on electric power alone under some medium- and low-speed conditions.
The company will confirm the new car's economy and emissions figures at the show, but it says that they should be on a comparable level to the Insight's. That suggests average fuel economy in the low-60s and CO2 emissions of about 100g/km. By comparison, the Jazz's most frugal current engine averages 53.3mpg and emits 125g/km of carbon dioxide.
To distinguish the new hybrid model from the rest of the Jazz range, it has revised headlights with a blue surround, clear rear lights, a new grille, restyled bumpers and chrome tailgate trim.
Inside, the cabin has a darker single-colour dashboard, which contrasts with the blue lighting of the dials and instruments. The car is also available with leather trim, the first time this has been available on a Jazz in Europe.
The new hybrid Jazz will go on sale in the UK early next year, and alongside it at the Paris show will be the latest 2011-model-year versions of the CR-Z, Jazz, Insight, CR-V, Accord and Accord Tourer.