The next-generation Honda Jazz, which will debut next year, will feature a dual-motor hybrid system that is currently included in the brand’s CR-V hybrid.
The new Jazz hybrid will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, which will be held from Thursday, October 24 to Monday, November 4. The Jazz, the best-selling Honda model in the UK, will be the automaker’s first to only offer a hybrid powertrain. Honda had previously announced that all of its European models would become hybrids by 2025.
According to the automaker, "Ahead of its 2025 electrification goal, Honda will expand the application of its i-MMD dual-motor hybrid system, with the introduction into smaller segment cars an important first step."
As of now, the only model Honda offers as a hybrid is the CR-V, which essentially took the place of a diesel variant of the compact SUV. Honda UK has had great success with the CR-V Hybrid, which is responsible for 60% of the model’s sales.
The new Honda Jazz will be larger with a new chassis and longer wheelbase. After the hybrid Jazz is launched in 2020, the next EV for the brand will be the Civic in 2021. The CR-V Hybrid features two electric motors and a 2.0-liter petrol engine and a CVT transmission. It will also sport a smaller combustion engine due to its size, which means it will have slightly less power.
Aside from minor adjustments, the Jazz is expected to resemble the current spacious hatchback with a minimalistic cabin design. The hybrid will include a large touchscreen infotainment system at the center of the dashboard as well as a digital instrument cluster.
Since 2002, Honda has marketed the Honda Civic Hybrid in the US. The company also sold the Honda Accord Hybrid from 2005 through 2007. Sales of the Honda CR-Z began in Japan in February 2010, and by February 2011, Honda was producing around 200,000 hybrids a year in Japan.
Sales of the Fit Hybrid began in Japan in October 2010, while the European version, named the Honda Jazz Hybrid, was released in early 2011. The popularity of the Jazz has made it Honda's best-selling model in Europe, accounting for 30% of all European Honda sales. Production of the Jazz for European markets moved from Japan to Honda's UK plant in Swindon on October 7, 2009.