The 2020 Honda Jazz premium hatchback will be officially revealed at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show but the car’s pictures have already hit the internet courtesy HeadlightMag. The leaked picture of the 3rd generation Honda Jazz TypeR shows that a lot has changed in terms of the car’s design. The Jazz seems to have gotten smaller from the picture but it could be the angle that’s making it look smaller and stubbier than the current version. If anything, cars get larger each passing generation and the next-generation, 2020 Jazz is expected to be no different. The premium hatchback gets curvier, and Honda is likely to have maximised interior space with a bigger cabin than the outgoing version. The headlamps are narrow,swept back units that do have some similarities with the ones on the new Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Under the hood, the 2020 Honda Jazz is likely to pack in the 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol engine paired with a full hybrid powertrain for most developed markets of the world, where it will be sold as the Fit. For the Indian market, the 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol engine is likely to be accompanied by a mild hybrid powertrain. Honda is also likely to carryover the 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbocharged diesel engine after Bharat Stage 6 emission norms compliance.
Manual gearboxes are likely to be standard on both engines, and CVT automatic options could also be offered on both engines. This is similar to what Honda offers on the 2nd generation Amaze compact sedan, and we have no reason to believe why the 2020 Jazz won’t get a similar set up. On the Type-R trim, the Jazz is likely to get a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine borrowed from the Civic TypeR. This motor makes serious horsepower – 220 Bhp, and will make the new Jazz TypeR seriously quick, enough to take on the Volkswagen Polo GTI and Mini Cooper S. Torque will also be high, at 250 Nm. The TypeR variant of the Jazz is not likely to make it to Indian though.
As for the interiors, a major once over is likely and Honda is expected to continue its ‘man-maximum-machine-minimum’ philosophy for the design of the hatchback’s interiors. Apart from a fresh layout and colour schemes, the car is likely to get a slew of new features that make it more appealing to premium hatchback buyers, who’re now used to a rich feature set on cars such as the Maruti Baleno and the Hyundai Elite i20. The Baleno and i20 Elite will continue to be the Jazz’s chief competitors in the Indian market, and the upcoming Tata Altroz will also target the Jazz. The 2020 Jazz is likely to get slightly pricier than before and Honda is likely to persist with a premium pricing approach for the car in the Indian market. The 2020 Indian Auto Expo could be the location for the new Honda Jazz’s India premiere, and the car is likely to be launched at the same event.