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Revealed in full last month, the 2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle has finally gone on sale in its home market of Japan. The elongated, uber practical Jazz estate was first presented for JDM consumption way back in 2011, then based on the second-generation Honda Jazz (Fit) hatchback.

Prior to adopting the Shuttle nameplate, said vehicle was badged as the Honda Airwave instead. As for its styling, the latest Jazz Shuttle carries forward a number of aesthetic cues that may be familiar to Jazz owners including the marque’s “Solid Wing Face” front grille.

Elsewhere, “inline-type” LED headlights boast an ingenious design that, when lit up, allows the assembly to appear as a single piece – achieved by the placement of structures that reflect the LED light source. In profile, 16-inch wheels are featured, along with a bold crease of a line that extends just aft of the front wheels and terminate beneath the taillight assembly.

Under the skin, the 2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle is offered with a choice of a hybrid powertrain as well as a conventional petrol-powered variant. Said hybrid model is offered in three different flavours – a regular Hybrid trim, the mid-range Hybrid X and the range-topping Hybrid Z. The petrol unit comes in a single G-spec trim.

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The hybrid variants employ the marque’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD powertrain layout which is made up of a 1.5 litre Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine. Said mill is paired to a seven-speed DCT gearbox while juice comes courtesy of a lithium-ion battery. Power figures remain unknown but what we do know is that said powertrain records a fuel consumption figure of 34 km/l.

As for the regular petrol variant, a 1.5 litre direct-injection DOHC i-VTEC engine gets mated to a CVT gearbox. On both hybrid and petrol models, power goes to the front wheels as standard while an all-wheel drive option is offered. Other technical bits and bobs include the adoption of “front and rear amplitude reactive dampers”, supposedly meant to increase ride quality and high-speed stability.

On the inside, the interior has been designed to “create a relaxing cabin space for all occupants”, made possible with liberal applications of soft-touch panels throughout. The seats themselves are trimmed in what Honda calls “an ultra fine fibre” that is allegedly “smoother and softer than suede.”

Luggage capacity stands at 570 litres (including a 30-litre underfloor storage compartment) with the rear seats folded up. Fold them down and one gets a cargo room of 1,141 litres while the loading length gets increased to a total of 184 cm. The boot itself features a flat floor design coupled to a large tailgate aperture for easier loading of luggages.

An additional compartment is present in the form of a storage unit located underneath the loading bay – said storage box is made up of a stain-resistant plastic material. On the Hybrid X and Z variants, a pair of “multi-use baskets” are to be found on the back of the rear seats. When not required, said baskets are stored flush against the seatback.

Prices for the 2015 Honda Jazz Shuttle begin at 1,690,000 yen (RM50,472) for the FWD petrol model, AWD at 1,884,400 yen (RM56,278). The base, FWD hybrid is priced at 1,990,000 yen (RM59,432), the Hybrid X at 2,190,000 yen (RM65,405) and the Hybrid Z at 2,380,000 yen (RM71,080). All-wheel drive costs 2,184,400 yen (RM65,238), 2,384,400 yen (RM71,211) and 2,542,000 yen (RM75,918), respectively.