- The new Honda Jazz will get a Type R variant for the first time.
- The Jazz Type R will produce 220bhp from its 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine.
- 2020 Honda Jazz will feature a twin-motor i-MMD hybrid system.
First images of the next-generation Honda Jazz have been leaked ahead of its global debut. The hatchback will be showcased at the 2020 Tokyo Motor Show. Interestingly, the model in the leaked photo is a Jazz Type R, which is the first instance of the Jazz getting the sportier variant.
The 2020 Honda Jazz has undergone a complete redesign on the exterior. Up front, there are large projector headlamps with LED DRLs, a ‘Type R’ honeycomb mesh grille with a thick chrome bar, Red Honda logo and a new bumper with red accents. The overall fascia is reminiscent of the second-generation model.
In profile, the new Jazz Type R features bigger blacked-out alloy wheels and black finish to the side skirts and wing mirrors. The glasshouse area, although similar, is more rounded with the rear quarter glass being slightly bigger. Although the rear profile isn’t visible, we can spot a blacked-out rear spoiler. Spy images have revealed that the new Jazz will feature wraparound LED taillights.
The new Honda Jazz will share its underpinnings with the upcoming sixth-generation Honda City, which is due next year. The fourth-generation Jazz will come equipped with a twin-motor i-MMD hybrid system that acts as a range extender and a pure EV mode as well.
The new Jazz will be offered with 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor. That said, what has us hooked is that the Jazz Type R will get a 1.5-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine that will churn out 220bhp. However, chances of the Type R variant coming to India are slim. The regular model, though, could come sometime next year.