Paris Motor Show: Honda Jazz Prototype image

Looking exactly like a production ready model, the Japanese automaker has unveiled during the 2014 Paris Motor Show the 2015 Euro-spec Jazz prototype.

We’re sure the Jazz passed away unnoticed because of the main attraction at the Honda stand – the Civic Type R Concept II – but we shouldn’t overlook the subcompact model that is being built in Japan. The model has already been sent to showrooms in its home country and the US (under the Fit moniker) so it’s high time it made an appearance in European guise as well.

Seen here as a prototype, the Jazz in its European specifications (we remind you that it has mostly to do with various technical tweaks that are need to comply with EU regulations) is virtually the car that would go into production later on and become available across the region’s dealer lots the following summer.

The completely redesigned Jazz is more spacious than the forerunner, being 15 mm longer and having the wheelbase stretched even further, by 30 mm. Together with Honda’s central placement of the fuel tank, the results are great and visible inside the cabin, which features a roomy interior, akin to a compact MPV. Storage options would also benefit from the proprietary and versatile Magic Seats arrangement, which includes the rear bench folding completely flat.

Under the hood there’s an all-new 1.3-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine (output has not been revealed yet) that sends power to the front wheels through a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional semi-automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT).