Powerful e:HEV hybrid system promises driving fun while a crossover variant is also offered for the first time.
TOKYO, JAPAN – Honda’s most-loved B-segment hatchback is entering its fourth generation, revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019. The new Honda Jazz has now taken on a slightly more cutesy look, with a rounded-off front and rear end similar to the Nissan Note and Suzuki Swift.
New Honda Jazz plays a new tune
The new Jazz gets a host of features to keep it competitive. This includes a clean dashboard layout as well as Honda Sensing. This suite of safety and driving aids includes clever stuff for city driving. A few examples are Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to follow traffic at low speeds in congestion and Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) to detect pedestrians and cyclists in poor lighting conditions.
Perhaps most interesting is that the new Jazz gets Honda’s dual-motor hybrid powertrain technology as standard for the first time. Previously only seen larger models such as the Accord, this system combines a petrol engine with a powerful drive motor as well as a generator. This provides the option of recharging the battery while cruising.
Called the e:HEV system, it aims to make the Jazz fun to drive unlike most hybrids which prioritise fuel economy. According to Honda, the driver can expect powerful acceleration and a smooth drive while returning “outstanding fuel economy”.
What is the New Honda Jazz like inside?
The new dashboard sports a chic twin-spoke steering wheel and digital cluster, replacing the analog unit found in the outgoing model. There’s also a new LCD touchscreen infotainment system with gesture controls.
Ride comfort is said to be much improved. The design of the seats have been changed to help prevent fatigue on long journeys. Rear seat passengers will also enjoy a thicker rear seat pad providing greater comfort.
No specifics have been given with regards to boot space other than Honda claiming “sufficient cargo space”. This probably translates to a cargo capacity similar to the outgoing Jazz’s class-leading 354 litres.
Crossover lovers, rejoice!
Available for the first time is a crossover variant called the Honda Jazz Crosstar. Essentially a regular Jazz dressed up to look rugged. Like the Volkswagen CrossPolo – the adorable little hatchback has been to the gym and bulked up a bit.
The package is purely cosmetic, as the Crosstar shares the same engine and drivetrain as its siblings in the lineup. Highlights include tougher-looking body panels, snazzy roof rails, a lifted ride height, and water-resistant seat covers for the outdoorsy types.
When’s it coming to Singapore?
We haven’t yet received news from local Honda distributor Kah Motor of the new Jazz. However, it should be in showrooms by the end of 2020. Likely powered by the e:HEV 2-motor hybrid and 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine.