New hybrid-only Honda Jazz unveiled in Tokyo

The new Honda Jazz has been unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, ahead of its 2020 European market debut as a hybrid-only model.

Full details of the powertrain used in the new Jazz haven’t been revealed, other than to state it will use a two-motor system, perhaps similar to that in the CR-V Hybrid.

The new Jazz will be the first model to wear Honda’s new e:HEV branding and will help the company towards its target of offering an electrified powertrain for all its European models by 2022.

As well as the conventional hatchback format we’re used to, the new Jazz will also be offered in a new Crosstar variant.

The Crosstar features increased ride height, body-side cladding, a unique grille design, integrated roof rails, and water-resistant upholstery.

All Jazz models feature unusually slim A-pillars to aid visibility, made possible by the use of what Honda calls ‘new structural technologies.’

Inside, there’s a new infotainment system with swipe gestures, WiFi hotspot, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Comfort is said to have been increased through the use of a new mat structure in place of seat springs.

The fuel tank remains under the front seats which, of course, allows the Jazz to retain its trademark Magic Seats.

Safety gubbins are improved through the use of a new high-definition camera with a wider view, and this enables the Collision Mitigation Brake System to detect pedestrians and cyclists even at night, as well as the Adaptive Cruise Control system to follow traffic at low speeds.

The new Honda Jazz is expected to enter European markets in mid-2020.