Honda has unveiled the all-new Jazz/Fit subcompact hatchback at the Tokyo Motor Show, featuring advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain technology as standard for the first time.
The new model is expected to be launched in Thailand next year.
According to the Japanese manufacturer, the new generation of its popular B-segment hatchback builds on the class-leading comfort and space the Jazz is known for with exceptional “EV-like” driving dynamics and advanced technology and safety features.
Honda said the new Jazz will introduce the efficiency benefits and performance of hybrid power to the mass market and accelerate Honda towards achieving its ambition of all its European mainstream models to feature electrified powertrains by 2022.
For the European market, 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 future electrified products. Plans for Thailand and Asean has not been announced.
New Crosstar variant unveiled
Another addition to the Jazz range is the new ‘Crosstar’ variant, designed to appeal to those seeking a more crossover style design. Available with the same hybrid powertrain and interior features as the standard model, the new Crosstar features increased ride height, a unique front grille design, water-resistant upholstery and integrated roof rails.
New minimalist clean design
Honda’s next-generation B-segment hatchback features a clean design philosophy that will define future Honda models – following the key concepts of function and beauty first seen in the Honda e.
Thanks to new structural technologies, the A-pillar is half the width of that on the previous model, improving forward horizontal visibility. The sleeker A-pillar design is enabled by greatly improved torsional rigidity and new structural technologies that move impact stress towards the front quarter light pillars.
Natural, crisp lines run horizontally along the sides of the car, with a fresh simplicity of form. The sharper, more vertical shoulder lines emphasise the rear fender and wheel arches, reinforcing the car’s broader stance and sense of stability. The rear design of the car echoes the clean lines at the front, with a sleek new horizontal light cluster layout and discrete roof spoiler.
Outstanding hybrid performance: e:HEV
For the first time ever in Europe, Jazz will only be available with an advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain, which provides an exceptional blend of strong and effortless driving performance and impressive fuel economy. The system is newly developed for Jazz and provides a smooth, responsive and direct driving feel.
New intuitive connectivity
A new LCD touchscreen interface features familiar smartphone-style usability, with swipe controls to browse recently used applications and media lists. The comprehensive suite of in-built apps can be supplemented by seamless smartphone mirroring, via built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is available for Jazz occupants via a wireless connection for the first time.
Interior: quality and comfort
The interior quality of the all-new Jazz provides levels of comfort and spaciousness unrivalled in the B-segment, Honda claims.
The contemporary interior layout echoes the clean look of the exterior, complemented with an uncluttered, user-friendly instrument panel. The wide centre console armrest also echoes interior specifications of higher segment cars.
New wider, body-stabilizing front seats feature mat-structure support, replacing the previous spring set-up, to help prevent fatigue on long journeys. Improved rear-seat design and a thicker rear seat pad provides greater comfort for passengers too.
The thin A-pillar design improves horizontal visibility comfort for occupants, with increased natural light through the expansive windscreen and front quarter lights serving to enhance the sense of spaciousness in the cabin.
Clever packaging retains unrivalled space
Key to maximising cabin room is the positioning of the fuel tank in the center of the chassis beneath the front seats, which is unique in this class. This enables the Jazz to retain the exceptionally versatile rear Magic Seats that offer both “fold-flat” or “flip-up” seat flexibility, depending on cargo space required.
Honda Sensing provides comprehensive safety package
The scope of the Honda Sensing technology has been enhanced with the application of 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 (CMBS) 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 (ACC) 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.