New Honda Jazz 'not until 2015'

* All-new Jazz not set for Europe in 2014 * 2015 to see Urban SUV and Jazz launch  * New small capacity engines likely to debut in both...

New Honda Jazz 'not until 2015'

Honda has confirmed that the next generation of Jazz supermini won’t go on sale in the UK until 2015.

The all-new model, already on sale in Japan and the US as the Honda Fit, is not pencilled in for launch in European markets next year as had been suggested.

It was also confirmed that a diesel Jazz was ‘unlikely’ to be offered either as there are no new plans for an engine smaller than the recently introduced 1.6 i-DTEC unit used in the Civic and CR-V.

While details of the next generation model have not been finalised, the new range of small capacity, turbo-charged VTEC petrol engines announced ahead of the Tokyo motor show look set to make their European debut in the Jazz.

The one-litre version of the engine, already driven by What Car? in a Honda Civic test car at Honda’s Tochigi proving ground, is a three-cylinder petrol engine designed for small cars in the line-up. This could also include the keenly anticipated new Urban SUV model announced in Tokyo.

The 2015 launch means Jazz will sit alongside the Urban SUV and the Civic Type-R in the company launch schedules for 2015.

The keenly anticipated replacement for the NSX supercar will not appear in 2015 however. Plans are for the four-wheel drive, three-motor hybrid to appear first in the USA and this would not be before 2016, making a European appearance later still.