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Next Honda Jazz: ‘Most comfortable car in its class’

  • New seat design for front-seats comfort
  • Enhanced lumbar and pelvic support
  • Rear seats have thicker padding, extra legroom

WOLFSBURG, Germany – Engineers and designers of the next-generation Honda Jazz intend to take a large step forward from its predecessor to focus, as a single development team, on creating more space and comfort for the driver and his passengers .

Central to this, the automaker explains, is a new and more supportive frame to replace the earlier S-spring design. ”A wider squab has increased pad thickness (and consequently softness) by 30mm. The new structure and extra padding will allow the cushion to flex moderately yet, crucially, will not bottom-out.

”The structure will also increase lumbar and pelvic support for the driver, particularly hips and waist, on a long drive by making it easier to maintain a comfortable and stable driving posture, even through corners and on poor roads.”

COSSETING THE DRIVER: A greater range of driving seat adjustment will favour smaller drivers. Image: Honda

The seats will also taper towards their tops to provide easier access to the rear and allow space front and rear occupants to communicate. The lowest point of the seat is now 14mm closer to the floor, the squabs rounded to allow easier access/exit.

Takeki Tanaka, Honda’s large-project leader, told The Corner: “We considered every element of the new Jazz, from seat materials and positioning to the vehicle’s structure, and studied people and their bodies to ensure outstanding comfort.

”The latest Jazz will retain the models’ reputation for space  and practicality.”

‘NATURAL’ BRAKING PEDAL

Rear-seat comfort was also a target. Moving the seat hinges outside of the rear seat-back frame allowed the frame pipes to be moved to accommodate padding that is thicker by 24mm.

Subtle adjustments have been made to, Honda says, ”greatly reduce the physical stress of driving” by optimising the driver’s comfort. The brake pedal goes deeper to reduce seat-position adjustment for taller drivers; the brake pedal moved by five degrees to allow ”more natural” operation while thigh support has also been adjusted.

Drivers – especially smaller drivers – will also appreciate a greater range of steering-wheel adjustment.

SUPER SEATING: Thicker cushions, more adjustment and variable boot space. Image: Honda

Rear-seating comfort, Honda says, will be ”best-in-class” with 989mm of legroom and the fuel tank will be in the centre of the chassis beneath the front seats – a feature unique in its class – to accommodate Honda’s versatile rear ‘Magic Seats’ that can fold-flat or flip-up seat depending on cargo volume required.

Honda believes it has a compelling proposition for the compact segment: ”The result is a city car that combines exceptional efficiency with outstanding everyday usability and comfort to meet the needs of modern people.”

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