Honda has used the Tokyo Motor Show to reveal its all-new Jazz compact MPV.
The Honda Jazz is well known for its bulletproof reliability and practical interior. Now, Honda has revealed a new 4th-generation Jazz which aims to build on the success of its predecessor.
The new Jazz is easily recognised by its revised cross-sectioned A-Pillar which affords the driver and passengers enhanced forward visibility.
The big news, however, is that the Jazz is now powered by a 2-motor hybrid powertrain for the first time and will wear the new ‘e:HEV’ badge. The hybrid drivetrain is said to offer “effortless driving performance and impressive fuel economy”. Honda, however, has yet to reveal specific details regarding the powertrain.
The interior features a new LCD touchscreen interface that can be used much like you use a smartphone with swipe functionality and features such as smartphone mirroring using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are particularly useful.
Passenger comfort has been improved with wider, body-stabilising front seats with mat-structure support which replaces the previous spring design. The rear seats are also more comfortable and now feature thicker seat pads and the new Jazz retains its Magic Seats from the previous Jazz which allows for fold-flat or flip-up functionality.
Honda has quipped all Jazz derivatives (there are 5 to choose from in the Japanese market) with Honda Sensing technology which now features a new and wider front camera. Honda has also improved its Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) which can now detect pedestrians and cyclists at night and can apply the brakes automatically when vehicles cut across or turn into the path of the Jazz. With the new camera, Adaptive Cruise Control can be used at low speeds in high congestion situations in conjunction with Lane Keep Assist.
The new Honda Jazz will go on sale in Europe in mid-2020 but its arrival in South Africa has yet to be confirmed.