The 2020 Honda Jazz has been officially unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show today. This is the fourth generation of Honda’s supermini.
While most cars in its segment have been trying to look more aggressive and sharper with full model changes now, the Honda Jazz aims to elevate its emotional appeal with the latest lifecycle makeover. Practicality and comfort have remained its top priorities.
At the front, the 2020 Honda Jazz features an EV-style nose with bare minimum opening and a sleek body panel covering most of the portion for a clean look. The rounded headlamps are full-LED units with U-shaped light guide and squarish projector beam, and they are connected to the upper grille. The front bumper carries a visibly wider opening for the lower air intake and C-shaped fog lamp housing that makes it look sportier.
On the sides, the newly-designed front pillar aids for better frontal visibility. The greenhouse, as on the previous generation models, makes it look like a mini-MPV. The fuel filler cap below rear quarter glass has an interesting design. At the rear, the all-new Honda Jazz features wraparound horizontal tail lamps with twin U-shaped light guides that might remind one of the BMW i3.
The interior of the 2020 Honda Jazz is inspired by that of the Honda e electric car. The instrument panel features a flat-topped design, emphasising horizontal and straight lines. The steering wheel comes with only two spokes, which is unusual for cars of its segment. The touchscreen infotainment system seems to be bigger than the outgoing model’s 7-inch unit, and it is flanked by slim vertical AC vents. There are new-generation body stabilising front seats with a planar support structure to stabilise the body and make long driving less tiring. The instrument panel is a fully digital unit.
Under the hood, the fourth-gen Honda Jazz packs a new, more compact 2-motor hybrid system called e:HEV. It’s basically a derivative of the downsized i-MMD system employed in the Honda Insight. The all-new Honda Jazz will be launched in Japan by early next year. Its Indian launch remains doubtful given the old model’s poor sales performance.