A few days back, we brought you the official teaser image of the all-new 4th-gen Honda Jazz (billed as the Honda Fit in Japan & other international markets). And with the start of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the car has finally made its debut. For those not aware, the current Honda Jazz on sale in India is the third-gen model. Retaining its signature design cues (like the rising window line), the fourth-gen model comes along with a completely reworked front & rear fascia and an updated interior as well. Honda says that the new model has been designed keeping usability & comfort at the forefront.
To further enhance frontal outside visibility for the driver, the fourth-gen Jazz gets redesigned A-pillars. As seen in the image, the pillars seem to be quite thin but with a reworked cross-sectional structure, they're bound to offer better impact absorption in case of a collision. The windshield wipers have been placed strategically as well & remain hidden from the occupant's sight. Inside, the instrument panel follows a flat-top design and the front seats are Honda's next-gen body stabilising units that make their debut on the new Jazz.
As for the powertrain details, Honda is yet to reveal them. But what we do know is that the new Jazz, when it goes on sale in February 2020, will arrive with both petrol & hybrid versions. The hybrid version will feature Honda's newly-announced e:HEV two-motor hybrid drive. The e:HEV architecture will also make its way onto the 2020 Accord Hybrid and will become Honda's core hybrid system moving forward.
The new Jazz also benefits from added tech to the Honda SENSING safety & driver-assist system. The setup now features a wide-view front camera, which, coupled with eight sonar sensors placed at the front & rear of the car, supports the new short-distance collision mitigation braking system. The new Jazz also becomes the first model to get the 'Honda Connect' onboard communication module. It offers remote control of some vehicle features via a smartphone & numerous emergency assist & security service options, in case of an emergency.