Honda Japan has put out preliminary information on the second generation Honda Shuttle (a station wagon version of the Jazz/City). In its previous generation, the car was marketed as the Honda Jazz Shuttle or Honda Fit Shuttle. Compared to the Jazz, the car has a longer rear overhang which will endow it with a superior cargo volume, much higher than the 354 liters offered by the hatchback (884 liters when the rear seats are folded down).
Based on the latest generation Honda Jazz hatchback, the Japanese automaker has introduced the Honda Jazz Shuttle MPV. It is basically a stretched version of the Jazz just like the Mobilio in India based on the Brio platform. The styling is typical Honda, carrying the latest design language with sharp creases and a sleek profile. The design is a mixed bag of Jazz and City both inside out. The front end gets the signature chrome grille and bigger headlamp cluster and the bumper gets a wave pattern. The side profile shows the stretched avatar of the Jazz having Mobilio-esque treatment for the C-pillar.
The product website talks mainly about a hybrid all-wheel drive variant which combines a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine working together with an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery pack and a dual-clutch transmission, whose fuel efficiency is rated at 36.4 km/l. A 1.5-liter engined regular Shuttle in a FWD configuration would also be retailed as an entry level variant.
A closer look will reveal lots of aesthetic similarities with the Jazz including the bold crease of a line that begins just aft of the front wheels and continue all the way into the taillight assembly.
While more technical specifications are en route, we know that the Jazz Shuttle will be available with a choice of either an AWD hybrid setup or a regular, petrol-powered version. The hybrid sports a 1.5 litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine which is paired to an electric motor and a dual-clutch gearbox. On the other hand, the petrol version is motivated by a 1.5 litre engine with power going to the front wheels.
As for equipment, the range-topping hybrid variant receives 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, navigation, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and Honda’s smart key system. Heated front seats, roof rails, fog lamps and a smattering of wood in the interior is also featured.
With the Honda Jazz commanding such a presence in the Malaysian market, will we be able to see the Honda Jazz Shuttle alongside its hatchback siblings in the near future? Only time will tell…
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