Next-Gen Honda Jazz to get Hybrid Powertrain; India Launch by 2020

The Next-Gen Honda Jazz will get a brand new hybrid powertrain which has been derived from the hybrid powertrain in the current-gen Accord.

The Honda Jazz was the first premium hatchback in the country. The first generation
(second generation, internationally) did not do so well in the market after which it was discontinued for a while. Then came the second generation model which did fairly well in the Indian market. Honda is now developing an all-new forth generation Jazz that will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October and is expected to be launched in India in 2020.

Next-Gen Honda Jazz Spy shots
Next-Gen Honda Jazz Spy shots

The Honda Jazz, also known as the Honda Fit in some international market, retains much of its upright stance and the basic silhouette is still pretty much the same. However, beyond that, there has been major design changes at both the front and the rear. The next-generation Jazz will get an all-new grille which will be much sleeker with an all-new headlamp design that will be integrated to be an extended part of the grille itself. That’s much more inline with Honda’s latest design language. At the rear, the Jazz will get new set of LED tail lamps. Spy images of the Honda Jazz that have surfaced on the internet were under heavy camouflage and not much has been seen of the new Jazz.

The interiors of the Jazz will continue to offer tons of space just like the present generation of the car. Glimpses from the spy shots of the interiors suggest that there will be a new large floating infotainment screen as is the trend with floating screens these days. The instrument cluster is also expected to be completely digital but it will probably be offered only in the most top spec variant.

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However, the biggest news comes from under the hood. The current generation Honda Jazz is powered by both a petrol and a diesel engine. With India enforcing the stricter BS-VI emission norms, most manufacturers are slacking their diesel engines to save the development costs and are instead going the hybrid route. Honda too is expected to equip the Jazz with a hybrid-petrol engine along with the regular petrol engines and there might be no diesel engine on offer this time around.

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The next-gen Honda Jazz will be powered by i-MMD dual-motor hybrid power system. The new powertrain has been derived from the hybrid powertrains that does duty in the current generation Honda Accord and CR-V but it has been made much more compact and efficient. The new powertrain will debut with the next-gen Honda Jazz and is also expected to power the Honda City and HR-V in the future. We do not any specifications of the new powertrain as not much is known about it as of yet.

There has been no official word yet on the launch of the next-gen Honda Jazz here in India. However, it is expected to come sometime in the year 2020.