Honda includes new front centre airbag technology as standard in the all-new, fourth-generation Jazz hybrid.
Honda’s all-new Jazz is the first of the brand’s models in Europe – and the first in its class – to feature new front-centre airbag technology as standard. The newly-introduced passive safety feature is just one element of a comprehensive package of safety features and driver aids for the all-new Jazz.
A new front centre airbag is fitted within the back of the driver’s seat and expands into the space between driver and passenger. This new airbag, one of 10 in the new Jazz, helps to avoid direct contact and reduce impact between a driver and a passenger in the event of a side-on collision. It uses three attachment tethers which guide the airbag around the driver in a curve.
Further improvements for new Jazz include the rear seat i-side airbag system. Installed in the rear seat pad, the system protects rear occupants from side-on impacts against the door and C-pillar.
The all-new Jazz incorporates Honda’s ‘ACE’ body structure technology that forms the foundation for excellent passive safety performance, enhancing occupant crash protection.
A network of connected structural elements distributes crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. It not only protects the Jazz and its passengers, it also reduces the collision energy against the other vehicle too.
Honda has also enhanced its ‘SENSING’ suite of active safety and driver assist technologies in the new Jazz. A new wider angle, higher definition camera recognises a more comprehensive range of road surface and traffic characteristics, which include detecting if the vehicle approaches the outer edge of a pavement (into a grass or gravel border), an oncoming vehicle, or drifting into another lane without indicating and, road signs. The camera is also able to eliminate fogging for a constantly clear field of view.
The enhanced Honda SENSING suite of technologies includes: Collision mitigation braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, road departure mitigation system, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed limiter and auto high beam. Blind spot information with cross-traffic alert is available on higher trim grades.
Prices start at £18,980 on-the-road for the SE grade. That rises to £20,180 for the mid-level SR grade, £21,380 for the top-spec EX, and £23,580 for the Crosstar version. Retail orders are open and deliveries were to be expected in the second quarter of this year.
However, Honda has been forced by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic to close its factories, so the arrival date of the new Jazz is likely to have been affected.