The all-new 2020 Honda Jazz has been revealed – and it’s going to come as an advanced e:HEV hybrid as standard.
Using a high-tech two-motor hybrid system, Britain’s favourite new Honda will form a key part of Honda’s commitment to electrify all its models by 2022.
Honda will begin sales of the new Jazz in summer 2020.
The firm says class-leading space has been retained, comfort is “significantly improved” over today’s car and it also gets a full suite of Honda Sensing safety tech.
It’s still clearly Jazz-shaped, but Honda says the new design is cleaner and more seamless: it has “function and beauty first seen in the Honda e”.
There’s also a new crossover-style Honda Jazz Crosstar version (pictured above), with tougher body styling and a raised ride height. It features integrated roof rails and water-resistant upholstery.
The only powertrain will be the e:HEV two-motor hybrid. Unlike other hybrids, the petrol engine is only used to charge the batteries – the new Jazz is driven entirely by an electric motor.
The system was first seen in the latest Honda CR-V Hybrid.
Inside, “hallmark” space is better than ever. The fuel tank is still positioned below the front seats, which means the ‘Magic Seats’ flip-up rear pews are retained.
Hybrid tech has also carefully been centralised in the engine bay, freeing up further space.
A new touchscreen infotainment system has smartphone-style ‘swipe’ functionality and integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. For the first time, this is wireless.
There’s also a wifi hotspot.
Addressing criticisms of the current car, the new Jazz has had a huge lift in interior quality. The design has been influenced by the Honda e, with a simple two-spoke steering wheel and clean layout.
Those who grumbled about uncomfortable seats in the current Jazz, rest easy: the new model has an all-new design that’s much better for long trips – and the rear seat is thicker and comfier too.
It’s easier to see out of, with less obstructive front A-pillars. And an all-new high-definition Honda Sensing camera is much better at monitoring the road ahead.
It can detect, and auto-brake, for pedestrians and cyclists even at night, where there are no street lights, and will cut in the brakes when a car turns across the path of the new Jazz. Adaptive cruise control gives semi-autonomous traffic-following convenience at low speed.
Motoring Research is seeing the new Honda Jazz in the metal later today. Come back then for more details on the latest version of Honda’s best-selling British car