2020 Honda Jazz goes hybrid
Honda has revealed more details about the interior and exterior design of its upcoming hybrid Jazz. Having been unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, the all-new Jazz features a bold new look, improved interior quality and an all-new hybrid drivetrain.
Externally, the Jazz gets a more minimalist design than before. Its silhouette is instantly recognisable, but the new car gets what Honda calls a “seamless, clean design philosophy”.
The A-pillar (between the windscreen and front doors) is half the width of previous models to improve visibility. The front gets a flatter grille and there’s a set of wraparound headlights too, bringing it more in line with the rest of the Honda line-up.
The rear design of the car echoes the clean lines at the front, with a sleek new horizontal light cluster layout and refined rear roof spoiler. The Crosstar variant (pictured above) hopes to broaden the appeal of Jazz and brings with it raised ride height, chunky black bodywork and a set of roof rails. This gives the Jazz a bolder, SUV-style look.
The cabin has been given a clean, minimalist interior, with an emphasis on utility, practicality and functionality. Front passengers benefit from Honda's newly developed body stabilising seat frame that increases comfort levels and provides greater lumbar support.
Tech has also been given a significant boost, with a user-focused dashboard incorporating a slim instrument panel that sweeps horizontally across the cabin. The central HMI 9-inch touchscreen supports Apply CarPlay and Android Auto, while the 7-inch full TFT instrument cluster – included as standard – is simple and easy to read. The infotainment will also be available with swipe controls, while below it you’ll find a revised set of heater and aircon controls.
Tech doesn’t stop with connectivity either; there’s a host of new safety features including Collision Mitigation Brake system and Adaptive Cruise Control. The former detects pedestrians and cyclists at night, and can steer the car to avoid a collision.
The biggest change to the Jazz is the introduction of a hybrid drivetrain. It’s the first Honda model to use the tech exclusively, although it’s set to be rolled out across the range soon.
We don’t know too much about the set-up yet, but it uses a petrol engine with an electric motor. The petrol engine primarily provides the power, but can also be used to top up the battery when needed. Specs are to be confirmed at a later date.
The next-generation hybrid Jazz, which will be available in Europe from summer 2020, will spearhead the brand's commitment to see all its car model ranges in Europe electrified by 2022. Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date.