Although already on sale in the US as the Fit, the new Honda Jazz will make its way to the UK this summer, promising greater refinement, enhanced safety and plenty of new kit.

A strong-point of the Jazz has always been its interior flexibility, and that’s set to continue with the new model.

Based on the same platform that will underpin the new Honda HR-V, the new Jazz is 95mm longer than the out-going model, and has a 30mm longer wheelbase.

Honda says this has allowed them to increase space for both front and rear passengers, while boot space has increased to 354 litres with the rear seats in place, or 884 litres with the seats folded.

That’s an operation that’s just as easy as before, thanks to the company’s infamous Magic Seats that can either fold completely flat, with the seat bases dropping out of the way, or fold upwards to accommodate tall loads.  Extra long loads can be carried with the front passenger seat folded forward.

Honda says the interior materials have been upgraded in quality, with Honda’s new Connect infotainment system making an appearance on some models.  It features a seven-inch colour touch-screen that responds to familiar smartphone-style gestures such as swiping and pinching.

Engine choice is initially limited to a new 1.3-litre i-VTEC petrol unit with 102PS at 6,000rpm, mated to a six-speed manual transmission with a CVT option.  A hybrid model will follow later.

New suspension components are said to provide a more stable ride, while increased sound-proofing reduces the effects of engine, road and wind noise.

All models will be fitted with Honda’s City Brake Active system as standard, while all but the entry-level model also feature the company’s Advanced Driver Assist System that includes Intelligent Speed Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, and High-beam Support System.

The new Honda Jazz is expected to arrive in UK dealerships this summer.