New 2020 Honda Jazz hybrid revealed
An all-new Honda Jazz hybrid supermini (known as the Fit in some markets) has been unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. The car will go on sale in mid-2020, with pricing yet to be announced.
The new model boasts Honda's latest 'e:HEV' hybrid powertrain, which will be the only engine offered in European markets. Honda says this is a step on the road to it offering an electrified version of its entire line-up by 2022.
Honda describes the new Jazz's styling as an "evolution" of the familiar Jazz silhouette, and says it will improve on the model's traditional strong points of driving comfort and interior space. A slimmer windscreen pillar promises better forward visibility, while there's a new horizontal light cluster and discreet spoiler at the rear of the car.
No power output, performance figures, fuel economy or emissions data have been announced for the Jazz's dual-motor hybrid powertrain just yet, but Honda is promising "an exceptional blend of strong and effortless driving performance and impressive fuel economy," along with "a smooth, responsive and direct driving feel".
Inside, the new Jazz will feature the latest generation infotainment and connectivity technology, with in-car wi-fi and an LCD touchscreen with a smartphone-like interface, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto pairing.
On the practicality side, the new Jazz retains the previous model's characteristic 'magic seats', with bases that flip up to free up more cargo-carrying space in the cabin. A wide centre-console armrest and improved, wider seats also promise to increase comfort for occupants.
Finally, Honda is fitting the new Jazz with a wide array of safety equipment, including collision-mitigation braking, day and night pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance.
In addition to the standard five-door hatchback, there's a rugged 'Crosstar' variant, similar to other SUV-styled superminis such as the Ford Fiesta Active and Hyundai i20. It's not yet known if this version of the new Jazz will be offered in the UK, though.
The Japanese manufacturer is lagging behind its rivals in the push towards electrification: the only other hybrid model it offers in the UK is the CR-V Hybrid SUV, which launched last year. More recently, it unveiled the pure-electric Honda e city car, which is set to arrive in the early stages of 2020.