Honda reveals new Jazz in Tokyo

24 October 2019 - 13:53
By AFP Relaxnews
The new 2020 Honda Jazz.
Image: Supplied The new 2020 Honda Jazz.

Honda took to the Tokyo car show to show off the new generation of its Jazz hatchback. Following the new all-electric Honda unveiled in Frankfurt, here comes a totally redesigned hybrid Jazz.

Honda is coming back to hybrid engines with the Jazz, at least as far as the international market is concerned. The manufacturer also used the occasion to unveil the “e:Technology” label, which will be given to all of the Japanese manufacturer's upcoming electric cars. A potential all-electric version of the Jazz could also be reserved for the Japanese market.

Getting its world premiere in Tokyo, the new Jazz is curvier, with more imposing headlights. In spite of having been turned into a hybrid it manages to maintain a spacious interior, due to the ingenious placement of all of the motorisation elements directly in the chassis and under the hood. The petrol tank is located under the front seats in the middle of the chassis, a first for the segment.

The interior of the 2020 Honda Jazz.
Image: Supplied The interior of the 2020 Honda Jazz.

In spite of showing off its new Jazz to the public, Honda remains mum on the cumulative power, fuel consumption and range of its new hybrid model.

The Jazz will nonetheless be equipped with a number of driving aids, including its Honda Sensing technology, upgraded as of this model by a new wide angle high-definition camera that scans the vehicle's immediate surroundings to detect possible dangers, as well as recognising the edges of the road and its markings.

It will also be equipped with a collision mitigation brake system that detects cars, cyclists and pedestrians and should be as effective by day as by night, adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning system.

The Honda Jazz Crosstar will offer protective body-cladding and a slightly raised ride height.
Image: Supplied The Honda Jazz Crosstar will offer protective body-cladding and a slightly raised ride height.

This new generation also brings to market a new version of Jazz named “Crosstar”, designed in the purest of crossover styles. The idea is to take the same interior and engine as the Jazz, but with a slightly higher driving position, an exclusive front grille and a built-in roof rack.

The new version of one of the Jazz's main rivals, the Toyota Yaris, is also expected to be unveiled in Tokyo.