Honda has revealed its all new Jazz supermini which will only be powered by a hybrid powertrain when it launches next year.
It will be the first model in Honda’s European line-up to wear the new “e:HEV” powertrain badging, although the company has not released details of its specification at this stage.
Honda added the new model will “accelerate Honda towards achieving its ambition of all its European mainstream models to feature electrified powertrains by 2022.”
Honda had previously pledged to offer electrified powertrains by 2025 but moved this target forward as it “demonstrates the confidence Honda has in its electric and hybrid powertrain technology.”
Compared with the outgoing Jazz, the new model features a thinner A-pillar for improved visibility and styling features include sharper shoulder lines, a new horizontal rear light cluster layout, and a roof spoiler.
The firm will also launch a crossover variant, named ‘Crosstar’ variant which will use the same hybrid powertrain and interior features as the standard model and features increased ride height, a different front grille design, water-resistant upholstery and integrated roof rails.
Inside, the vehicle features a WiFi hotspot, while a new LCD touchscreen interface features familiar smartphone-style usability, with swipe controls to browse recently used applications and media lists and the suite of in-built apps can be supplemented by smartphone mirroring, via built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is available for Jazz occupants via a wireless connection for the first time.
Driver safety systems, meanwhile, include the brand’s Honda Sensing technology which enables improved awareness of vehicle surroundings, including recognition of verges without kerbs or roadside markings, Collision Mitigation Brake System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist.