Although the shots are a little distorted they clearly show how the design of the latest Jazz has been influenced by the current Civic model. The rectangular headlights and grille all form a single blade that runs across the entire width of the car and new larger air-intakes make it look meaner than before.
A sharp crease line now runs from behind the front wheel arch through the door handles to the rear light clusters and the rear reflects a similar angular style with tall lights either side of the rear screen and a single chrome bar across the boot lid.
Called the 'Fit' in Japan the newcomer will still be called the Jazz when it goes on sale in the UK later next year and there were some more clues about the new car inlcuded in an interior shot of the dials that shows an automatic gearbox layout and a 'power/charge' meter confirming a hybrid model will continue to be offered. Judging by the aerodynamic wheel trims and the likely switch to lithium-ion battery technology the next Jazz hybrid could boast class-leading efficiency.
There are rumours of a three-cylinder petrol engine but the 1.2 and 1.4-litre units from the current car are also likely to be carried over, while on the diesel side the smooth new 1.6-litre engine from the Civic will provide sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.
Due to make its debut at the Tokyo motor show in November there is no word yet if the new car will keep its clever flip-up folding seats - but with the new Nissan Note becoming more of a traditional supermini rival the Jazz has even fewer competitors to worry about - with cars like the Ford B-MAX and the Citroen C3 Picasso its only real rivals. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express