Honda has unveiled the next-generation Jazz, ahead of its market launch in 2020, at the Tokyo motor show.
The new model is powered, exclusively, by a new two-motor hybrid powertrain.
It will use a similar setup to the CR-V Hybrid, albeit with a downsized petrol engine – final technical specifications are yet to be confirmed.
The next-generation Jazz will be the first model in Honda’s European line-up to wear the new “e:HEV” powertrain badging. This is the first example of “Honda e:Technology” branding that will feature across all of its future electrified products.
Honda says the new model will continue to offer “class-leading space” while also providing “EV-like” driving dynamics.
Hybrid drivetrain components are integrated into the chassis, in order to maximise interior space. The fuel tank is placed in the centre of the chassis beneath the front seats, which is unique in this class. This enables the Jazz to retain its famed rear “Magic Seats” that offer both fold-flat or flip-up flexibility, depending on cargo space required.
The new model has a cleaner design with softer lines. Inside, the new Jazz offers a more modern cabin with a large centrally mounted touchscreen and digital instrument cluster.
New structural technologies enable a thinner A-pillar than that on the previous model, improving forward horizontal visibility.
Honda says the seats are now wider and the new design helps to help prevent fatigue on long journeys. Improved rear-seat design and a thicker rear seat pad is said to provide greater comfort for passengers too.
A comprehensive suite of advanced safety features and driver aids come courtesy of Honda Sensing. Updates include a new wider, higher-definition camera, replacing the previous camera and radar set-up. This enables improved awareness of vehicle surroundings, including recognition of verges without kerbs or roadside markings.
The Collision Mitigation Brake System is improved with night-time operation to detect pedestrians and cyclists when there is no street lighting, and now applies the brakes when oncoming vehicles cut across or turn into the path of the car. The new camera system also enables Adaptive Cruise Control to follow traffic at low speeds in congestion and applies Lane Keep Assist on urban and rural roads – as well as multi-lane highways – for increased safety in more situations.
Sales of the next-generation Honda Jazz is set to start in mid-2020.