Scoop: Next-gen Honda Jazz to be called ‘Honda City Hatchback’ in some markets

14/10/2019 - 16:00 | ,  ,   | Prashant Singh

The next-gen 2020 Honda Jazz is about to make its official debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in less than two weeks from now. IAB has unearthed multiple trademark filings which suggest that it will be called Honda City Hatchback in some markets, likely those in the ASEAN region. So far, these applications have been made in Laos, the Philippines and Malaysia.

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The next-gen Honda Jazz will be based on the same platform as the next-gen Honda City.

In another recent development, it was found that the next-gen 2020 Honda Jazz will feature an electric parking brake, which will make it highly-unlikely for the Indian market. For Honda to consider the next-gen Jazz for India, it may have to fully import the centre console with the electric parking brake, which could raise the costing significantly. The low expected volumes wouldn't make it feasible to invest in a new unit with a traditional parking brake developed just for a single market.

Apart from the electric parking brake, the 2020 Honda Jazz will also make use of a 7-inch driver information display, similar to what was seen on the all-new 2019 Honda Pilot. Also, it will feature a larger touchscreen infotainment system and circular knobs on the centre console. Its exterior and interior has already been partially leaked in spy shots.

As for the mechanicals, it will be most likely offered with a 1.0L VTEC Turbo petrol engine and a 1.5L iVTEC petrol engine. A Hybrid variant has been officially announced, and it should pack the iMMD system comprising a 1.5L i-VTEC petrol engine working along with two electric motors. This hybrid powertrain will also be seen in the upcoming next-gen 2020 Honda City internationally.

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Electric parking will make the 2020 Honda Jazz costlier.

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For the Indian market, instead of the all-new Jazz, Honda may concentrate on other products including a sub-4 metre B-SUV and a premium B-SUV.

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