At the opening of the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show, Honda hosted the world premiere of the Honda e, a fully electric hatchback that will go on sale in Europe (only) first half of 2020, priced below a Nissan Leaf.
Aside from that, Honda also gave slip some preliminary information regarding the all-new Honda Jazz. First launched in 2014, the Honda Jazz is due for a replacement soon.
Tom Gardner, Senior Vice-President of Honda Motor Europe said, “In 2020, Honda will launch the next generation Jazz and today, we can confirm that this model will be introduced into Europe with hybrid technology as the sole powertrain option.”
The hybrid-only line-up for the next generation Jazz is in-line with the company’s commitment to electrify 100 percent of its European model line-up by 2025.
As expected, Honda did not reveal any further information but you can expect more details to be announced at October’s Tokyo Motor Show.
We also expect Japan to follow a similar hybrid-only line-up but North America and the rest of Asia are expected to continue to offer regular combustion engine variants, as well as the hybrid.
Recall that up until now, Malaysia is the only country outside of Japan to offer the Jazz Hybrid. We are also the only country outside of Japan to assemble any compact Honda hybrid models, which currently includes the City Hybrid, Jazz Hybrid and HR-V Hybrid.
Whether will this continue into the next generation of Honda models is hard to say, as our government has yet to give any commitments regarding the continuation of the current tax incentives for locally-assembled energy efficient vehicles (EEVs). Remember that announcement of the new National Automotive Policy has been delayed for almost a year.