The fourth generation Honda Jazz (branded as Fit in some international markets) is all set to make its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show on October 23rd. The hatchback will continue to be sold in several international markets including Europe and Southeast Asia.
Honda has released what is expected to be a first of several teasers in the build up to its debut. The teaser reveals a darkened silhouette of the 2020 Honda Jazz. At first glance, the proportions and overall shape are not too different compared to the outgoing car but the front and rear fascias appear to have undergone significant changes.
The previous spy shots confirm the major shift in design philosophy. The smooth and near-seamless nose is replaced by bolder elements like larger LED infused headlamps, a new grille and sharper bumper. The rear end features horizontal taillights which extend into the hatch door. It looks like the large greenhouse has been slightly redesigned, especially around the rear quarter glass area.
We expect the new Honda Jazz to feature extensively revised interior as well. The dashboard design is likely to be given a thorough makeover, complete with new steering wheel, instrument console and center console with advanced touchscreen infotainment system. The Jazz has always been known for its brilliant interior packaging, seat flexibility and space on offer. We expect these traits to be carried forward by the new gen model as well.
Likely to be based on an improved version of the existing platform, the next gen Honda Jazz for Europe is confirmed to be available with two hybrid powertrains although the car maker stopped short of furnishing any technical details. We won’t be surprised if Honda comes up with a pure electric variant down the line as most of its rivals have one in the old continent.
In India, the Honda Jazz competes with the likes of Maruti Baleno, Hyundai i20, VW Polo, etc. The new gen model is expected to make it to our shores sometime next year. The India-spec model is likely to retain its existing powertrain lineup albeit in BS6 avatars. The Indian market is also set to receive the all-new City sedan next year.