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.