By now you would’ve seen the all-new Honda Jazz, which made its world premiere yesterday at the opening of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan, where the Jazz is sold as the Fit.
The fourth generation Honda Jazz will only go on sale in Japan in February 2020 so details like body dimensions and engine specifications are still unclear, but we do know that in Japan (and Europe), the all-new Honda Jazz will be sold exclusively as a hybrid.
It will most likely be a 1.5-litre full hybrid but unlike the outgoing model’s single motor i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive), the new model will use a scaled down version of the Honda Accord and CR-V’s two-motor i-MMD, which has since been rebranded as Honda e:HEV, short for Hybrid Electric Vehicle. No this is not an electric vehicle you don't need to charge. Electric here refers to electrified drivetrain, e.g. hybrid.
Like all previous generations of Jazz, the all-new model continues to set the benchmark for offering the biggest interior in its class. Nevermind its other segment rivals, the Honda Jazz’s interior is more spacious than even a Toyota Corolla, which sits one segment higher.
New for this generation is a body-stabilizing seat, which will later be introduced in other more expensive Honda models, provides better support by using larger and thicker seat paddings (not common in this segment). Even the headrest have a noticeably German-style to it.
In Japan, there are five variants on offer – Basic, Home, (Fit) Ness, Crosstar, and Luxe. We take a closer look at the inside of the highest specifications Luxe variant, which features a two-tone, leather wrapped interior.
Apart from the leather upholstery, the other variants of the Jazz feature more or less the same interior as the Luxe. Even the ones with fabric seats feels like they come from higher range cars from one-segment above it. You can view the different variants here.
As the all-new fourth generation Honda Jazz won't go on sale in Japan until February 2020, we don't expect it to arrive in Malaysia before 2021. Additional time is needed to prepare for local assembly. In any case, production needs to start in Thailand first before Malaysia can assemble it, as many of the required parts are produced in Thailand.