The all-new Honda Jazz (called Fit in Japan and North American markets) has just been unveiled here at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 and with it comes a radical redesign. While it maintains its basic MPV-like silhouette, the all-new Jazz sees a much more minimalist design language that fully embraces a future of electrification and connectivity.
On the outside, the all-new Honda Jazz has a smoother bodywork and a much larger glass area. This gives the Jazz a stronger mini MPV look than its predecessors, yet it is one that lets the Jazz be one of the most practical small hatchbacks out there. The front fascia is characterized by larger headlights, a more modern front bumper design and fewer character lines than previous models. Most models also have a very minimalist grille, making Honda’s small hatchback look like a fully electric vehicle. At the back, the LED taillights have been repositioned horizontally compared to the previous generation’s vertical arrangement, giving the Jazz a much wider look when viewed from the back.
The all-new Jazz (Fit) is available in five different flavors in Japan: Fit Home, Fit Ness, Fit Crosstar, Fit Luxe, and Fit Basic. Honda says these five different themes should satisfy the various lifestyles of various Fit owners.
Interior space and practicality have been some of the Honda Jazz’s greatest strengths and that continues to remain true with this new model. Whereas previous Jazz models had a dashboard that’s angled towards the driver, this new model features a symmetrical and predominantly horizontal dash layout, giving the interior a better sense of space and visibility for its occupants. Honda’s designers and engineers aimed for an interior theme that mainly focuses on the feeling of spaciousness, which also helped by the fact that Honda has incrementally increased the Jazz’s dimensions in key areas without increasing its exterior dimensions too much.
For the Japanese market, the all-new Jazz is fitted with a new Honda Connect infotainment system, which lets owners control various functions of the vehicle through a smartphone app as well as summon emergency services automatically depending on the circumstances that the driver and the vehicle experiences.
Honda has revealed limited information about the all-new Jazz’s powertrain. What is important to note is that it will be available in Japan as a 2-motor hybrid. Called the e:HEV, this all-new hybrid system aims to make the Jazz rely even more on electric power, thus making it even more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.
As with many modern cars nowadays, the Jazz comes with a number of advanced driver-assist systems for the Japanese market bundled under Honda Sensing. This includes features such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, among others. For this new Jazz, Honda has added a wide-angle front camera to further improve Honda Sensing’s functionality.
More details about the all-new Jazz will be revealed later closer to its Japanese market retail launch in February 2020.