Next-gen Honda Jazz Hybrid to employ i-MMD powertrain - Report

Jun 06, 2018 - 11:25am IST | ,   | Sagar Parikh

Like the previous two generations, the next-gen Honda Jazz will also have a hybrid variant. A new report from Nikkei says that the next-gen Honda Jazz will employ the i-MMD powertrain.

Next-gen Honda Jazz (Honda Fit) rendering
The next-gen Honda Jazz Hybrid will have a two-motor hybrid system.

The powertrain of the first-ever Honda Jazz Hybrid combined a 1.3-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with an IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) electric motor. The Honda Jazz Hybrid sold today is equipped with the Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) powertrain. This is also a one-motor hybrid system. The next-gen Honda Jazz Hybrid will employ a two-motor hybrid system.

i-MMD in its original form was expensive for the Honda Jazz Hybrid. It combined a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine with two electric motors. However, Honda has downsized it to reduce the costs and implement the latest hybrid system in smaller models now. At NYIAS 2018 in March, the all-new Honda Insight debuted with the i-MMD powertrain that combines a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with two electric motors.

The Japanese report suggests that the next-gen Honda Jazz Hybrid’s i-MMD powertrain will also use a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine and two electric motors together. The next-gen Honda City Hybrid may have the same setup as well.

The fourth generation Honda Jazz will have a pure electric variant as well. Previously, Honda has offered such a variant in only the second generation model. The all-new Honda Jazz EV will have a range of 300 km. Honda aims to sell more than 1,00,000 units of the zero-emissions variant annually.

 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid engine bay
Like the latest Honda Insight Hybrid's i-MMD system, the next-gen Honda Jazz Hybrid's i-MMD system will combine a 1.5 L petrol engine with two electric motors.

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The next-gen Honda Jazz and next-gen Honda Jazz Hybrid will debut in 2019. The all-electric variant will follow in 2020. Last year, it was reported that the hybrid variants of the next-generation Jazz and City are planned for India. The launch of both the hybrid cars, which are expected to be manufactured locally, will take place after 2020.

[News Source: Nikkei]

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