The news about Europe is not legion at the Tokyo show, mainly devoted to the local market. One of them is at Honda, with the new generation of the city Jazz. On the program, the hybrid and a more conventional look.
In Japan, her name is Fit. We discover today, at the Tokyo show, the third generation of this city segment B, better known here under the name of Jazz. It is ahead, at least, since it will not be marketed in Europe before mid-2020 at the earliest.
From the previous one, the new Jazz keeps the contours of small urban minivan … and should renew its main assets, namely its ratio space / habitability record and its tricks of modularity. The Magic Seat rear seats for example, foldable by the seat or the backrest and to release a large perfectly flat floor, will always be present on the Jazz 2020.
Only in hybrid for France
The Jazz has always held an atypical place against urban classics, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio in mind. By its size between two, and its technical choices (CVT box). It enjoys an audience of followers, a good image … but hardly commercial success. The less aggressive and more classic style of the newcomer may help to reap some sales. And to exploit the trend of all-crossover, a pseudo-all-way version, called Crosstar , will also be proposed (ground clearance barely raised, body protections, roof racks…).
Note that where the previous Honda Jazz limited its range to conventional thermal engines (a hybrid was proposed on the first generation, neglected thereafter), the new will be available only in hybrid, France. Little technical information has been disclosed to date, except that the mechanics would be composed of an atmospheric 4 cylinders (probably a 1,5 l i-VTEC), assisted by two electric motors.