A hybrid version of the Honda Jazz will feature on Honda’s display at the Paris Motor Show.

First introduced in 2001 the Jazz is following the trend of many manufacturers in looking towards hybrid technology.

The supermini will feature a petrol-electric IMA system that lowers the emissions of the car and improves its fuel economy.

Under the bonnet, the city car will house the same 1.3 litre i-VTEC engine as the Honda Insight hybrid that was first introduced in 1999. The Jazz will have similar CO₂ emission figures of 104 g/km as that model, with 21 g/km less than the 1.2 litre petrol Jazz.

As a result Honda has predicted that the Jazz will be exempt from road tax for the first year as well as free from the London congestion charge.

The hybrid will be capable of running on its electric motor alone with a combined fuel cycle of 64.2 mpg, however the Jazz has not lost its “Magic Seats". Despite the inclusion of the battery pack, which is housed in the floor of the boot, the supermini remains spacious, says Honda.

Prices for the Honda hybrid are yet to be announced ahead of its predicted sale in 2011.

Pricing for the current Honda Jazz however ranges from around £10,000 for the 1.2 litre S model, up to around £16,000 for the high-end 1.4 litre EX-T model.