The next iteration of the spacious Honda Jazz (called as Fit in some international markets) is in advanced stages of development and is set to break cover at the Tokyo Motor Show this October. An image of what is claimed to be the next generation Honda Jazz Type R has emerged online, thanks to Headlight Mag.
The design takes a bit of getting used to. Honda has ditched the well received typical family look in favor for a theme that evokes nostalgia. The overall shape and elements seem to have a connection with the second gen model rather than the third generation one it is set to replace.
As the image suggests, the 2020 Honda Jazz will receive a performance oriented Type R variant. To be slotted below the popular Civic Type R, the upcoming Japanese hot hatch will be pitted against the likes of VW Golf R in international markets.
If we minus the bold black embellishments on the grille, red tinted badge, front and side body kit, and large alloy wheels, we get an understated hatchback with neat looking LED infused headlamp, short nose, a steeply raked A-pillar and a shrunken MPV silhouette.
It is reasonable to expect the new Jazz to receive all-new interior with new materials, dashboard layout and additional features. If there is one department where the Jazz wins hands down, it is the interior space and packaging. We are certain Honda will not do anything to take that appeal away from the Jazz.
Headlight Mag claims that the next generation Honda Jazz Type R will be equipped with a 1.5-liter petrol engine (most likely to be a turbocharged unit) which produces 220 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Honda seems to have serious intentions with its hot hatch.
As far as India is concerned, the Jazz has been struggling to keep pace with segment leaders Maruti Baleno and Hyundai i20 but we reckon the premium hatchback segment is still big enough to keep the automaker interested.
If launched in India, the 2020 Honda Jazz will be continuing with its current engine lineup which includes a 1.2-liter i-VTEC petrol engine and a 1.5-liter i-DTEC oil burner (of course in BS-VI guise).