UPDATE: Launch gallery and detail shots added

After months of speculation, the Honda Jazz Hybrid is now officially launched. The green car was unveiled to the media at a very green location, FRIM in Kepong, minutes ago. Sharing the 1.3L Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) powertrain with the Insight we’re familiar with, the Jazz Hybrid is priced at RM94,800 OTR including insurance.

The Jazz Hybrid made its world debut at Paris 2010. Honda has managed to integrate the 1.3 litre i-VTEC engine + IMA powertrain from the Insight into the B-segment body of the Jazz, famous for its space and brilliant packaging. The claimed fuel consumption figure is 21.3 km/l in the European cycle.

Apparently, the engine, motor, battery and Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) goes into the Jazz without affecting practicality – the Jazz’s multi-folding Magic Seats are retained, as is a boot volume of 300 litres, or 846 litres with the rear seats folded. The IPU tucks in beneath the boot floor, so there’s no spare tyre in the car, but a tyre repair kit.

Among the hybrid features are the ECON driving mode and Eco Assist function. Also standard are six airbags, Hill Start Assist, Multi Info Display and Charge Assist Indicator. Available in five colours – Fresh Lime Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Milano Red, Crystal Black Pearl and Tafetta White – the car is priced at RM94,800. The battery comes with a five-year or 140,000 km warranty, the same as the Insight and CR-Z’s.

More details and an in-depth look into the Jazz Hybrid will be coming your way soon, in a special interview with Shingo Nagamine, Large Project Leader of the Jazz Hybrid.