2020 Honda Jazz breaks cover in Japan

By daryl, 23 October 2019

The 2019 Tokyo Motor Show is underway, and the first new car to make its bow on the stage is the fourth-generation Honda Fit - known locally as the Jazz.

With the all-new model, Honda has focused on “four dimensions of comfort”, namely better driving visibility, increased ride comfort, seating comfort and practicality - not that the existing third-gen Jazz needed more space to begin with.

The front pillar now packs a cross-sectional structure for better shock absorption in the event of a collision while also widening the driver’s vantage point, helped in part by the flat-topped dashboard. The front seats are the first in Honda to feature ‘body stabilisation - a feature of originally conceived for higher end saloons - while the versatile ‘Ultra Seats’ in the rear remain. 


Honda hasn’t said much about powertrains, except the fact that hybrid models will run on the brand’s new e:HEV two-motor hybrid system - an integral bit of tech as part of Honda’s 2030 electrification roadmap.

In Japan, five variants - each with its unique looks and packaging - are on offer. There’s a basic variant, a self-explanatory Luxe and crossover-style Crosstar model. The Fit Home took the stage as the range’s wholesome poster boy.  


And then there’s our favorite nameplate of 2019: the Fit Ness - a “sporty and fashionable car which will enable customers to enjoy driving just like they enjoy fitness and sports”. Right...

The new Fit/Jazz is also the first H-badged car to feature Honda Connect - the brand’s new on-board communication module much like Mercedes-Benz’s MBUX. Whether this will survive localisation, should we get a CKD fourth-gen Jazz in the future, remains to be seen.

Would you want one? Check out the new generation Jazz in the gallery we've prepared below.