Urban EV confirmed as Honda e, Jazz to become i-MMD hybrid

By CARSIFU | 8 May 2019

LONDON: Honda is moving ahead with its 'Electric Vision' by confirming the name of its first fully electric urban vehicle – the ‘Honda e’ – and by announcing that the next-generation Jazz will be available with a hybrid powertrain featuring the brand's Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) technology.

Honda "Electric Vision" strategy will see all Honda cars sold in Europe to be electrified by 2025.

Honda e, presented as a production prototype in Geneva, is Honda's first model to benefit from a dedicated EV platform and takes a bold step with its design and technology. The compact electric car offers trademark Honda driving dynamics, aided by the sporty rear-wheel drive format and advanced electric powertrain.

The Honda e prototype interior
The Honda e prototype interior

The Honda e has already received almost 6,500 expressions of interest in Britain.

The i-MMD hybrid system that will be available with the next generation of the popular Jazz hatchback has already won widespread acclaim for delivering high-levels of real-world efficiency and refinement in the new CR-V Hybrid. Ahead of its 2025 electrification goal, Honda will expand the application of its i-MMD dual-motor hybrid system, with the introduction into smaller segment cars an important first step.

Since the introduction of hybrid powertrain technology on Insight in 1999, Honda has been striving to improve its hybrid powertrain technology and expanding the lineup of hybrid vehicles.

The latest hybrid powertrain technology is called Sport Hybrid systems, and there are three types: one-motor Sport Hybrid i-DCD (intelligent Dual Clutch Drive as sold in Jazz hybrid in Malaysia), two-motor Sport Hybrid i-MMD (intelligent Multi Mode Drive) and three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Sport Hybrid Super Handling - All Wheel Drive.)

The next-generation Jazz will make its international premiere at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, which will run from Oct 24-Nov 4.

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