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Honda has outlined its exhibits for next month’s Tokyo Motor Show, and it confirmed something we already saw coming – that the next-generation Jazz will make its world premiere at the show, where the popular B-segment hatch will be badged as the Fit for the domestic market.
It also announced that the hybrid version will feature the long-rumoured smaller version of its dual-motor Intelligent Multi-mode Drive (i-MMD) powertrain, which will replace the Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD). Without the outgoing seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, Honda says that the new system will be even more compact, which should make for an even more spacious interior.
No other mechanical details were revealed, but the car should also get the usual range of petrol engines, although European cars will be hybrid only. The Jazz will also retain the centre-mounted fuel tank and fold-up Ultra Seats that give its predecessors such capacious and versatile interiors.
Past spyshots have revealed a softer, more rounded design – rendered here by Theophilus Chin – compared to the outgoing GK model’s aggressive styling. The taller headlights, a slimmer grille and smaller air intakes give the car a friendlier face that we were familiar with on the first two generations. The profile and side surfacing have also been made more organic, while the tail lights are wider than on the current model.
Aside from the new Jazz, Honda will also showcase the facelifted Freed MPV, along with the Japanese-market version of the new Accord – the latter makes its return to the Land of the Rising Sun after a four-year absence. The Tokyo Motor Show will run from October 23 to November 4.
GALLERY: 2020 Honda Jazz spyshots