New supermini, the first in the maker’s European line-up to be offered only as a hybrid, to be revealed at Tokyo motor show
8 May 2019

The next-generation Honda Jazz will use the dual-motor hybrid system already seen in the brand's CR-V hybrid when it launches next year.

First reported by Autocar in March, Honda has now confirmed the Jazz's move to hybrid power. 

To be unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in October, the top-selling Honda model in the UK is expected to be the first in the brand's line-up to only offer a hybrid powertrain. This follows Honda's announcement that all of its models in Europe will become hybrids by 2025.

Honda said: "Ahead of its 2025 electrification goal, Honda will expand the application of its i-MMD dual-motor hybrid system, with the introduction into smaller segment cars an important first step."

Currently, the only model it offers as a hybrid is the CR-V, which indirectly replaced a diesel variant of the compact SUV. Petrol variants are also sold. Honda UK has seen great success with the CR-V Hybrid, which accounts for 60% of the model’s sales.

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Following the launch of the hybrid Jazz in 2020, the next electrified model will be the Civic in 2021.

The CR-V Hybrid pairs two electric motors with a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a CVT transmission. However, given its smaller dimensions, the Jazz supermini will likely have a smaller combustion engine and less power.

The new Jazz must remain familiar enough to appeal to its loyal owners, of which there are many, typically older buyers, while also bringing in new people to Honda’s entry-level model.

The spy shots pictured here, which show the Peugeot 208 rival testing in disguise, hint at a minor evolution for the fourth-generation Jazz. The space-maximising upright profile and tall glasshouse remains, but with more curved lines and redesigned lights, bumpers and bonnet. 

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29 March 2019

Making it hybrid gives the Jazz a USP and makes the most efficient powertrain available to everyone. Also by ramping up the volume, it makes the hybrid system cheaper - and it's probably a reasonably low power / low cost system anyway. I accept that not eveyone gets along with CVT transmission, but Honda has previously used a "stepped" CVT arrangement which mimicks a conventional gearbox - and in any event most markets now prefer automatics to manuals.

Effectively the Jazz has become the new Civic, leaving Honda without a proper small car in Europe - at least until the Urban EV comes along.  

29 March 2019

No one in swindon will buy it, come to think of it nobody will buy it in the uk!!!

29 March 2019

Just did a few days test with a hybrid CR-V, superbly engineered powertrain, drives just like a typical PHEV with seamless, gearbox-less propulsion but obviously with the engine running more often due to a smaller battery. Pretty big SUV, 4wd, pretty quick over a few hundred very mixed miles I averaged 43mpg on cheaper to buy petrol. RIP tractor diesels. We all know the Jazz is popular with those that just want an easy, practical bit of transport.

A scaled down version of the CR-V's hybrid system would be perfect in this application giving super smooth stop/go driving, cheap running costs, refinement.

29 March 2019

I would have thought that adding Hybrid tech to all Jazzes will make them a hard sell, in a class where most buyers are highly price sensitive?

29 March 2019
Jeremy wrote:

I would have thought that adding Hybrid tech to all Jazzes will make them a hard sell, in a class where most buyers are highly price sensitive?

Like the CRV, perhaps the increase over an automatic version will be OK, but the increase over a manual will be a very big percentage of such a cheap cars price. And do all Jazz drivers want an auto?

29 March 2019

Jazz buyers are not short of money, there are plenty of cheaper small cars. They go for flexible space (dogs, grandchildren, trips to B&Q, Waitrose) good quality and especially the lack of hassle from a hugely reliable product.

They like autos, its one less hassle in just getting from A to B. If you spend any time in a Honda dealership money isn't an issue for Jazz customers, they often buy and keep a long time and the inherent reliability of Honda pays back over time in less hassle and repair costs, they are quite canny. I suspect they may be willing to pay a premium for hybrid if it saves on lifetime fuel cost, especially over perhaps a 6 years+ ownership cycle. 

29 March 2019
Only people over 65 will be even remotely excited by the news of a new Honda Jazz. It's basically a mobile retirement home.

29 March 2019

"The Jazz is likely to use a powertrain similar in conception to the CR-V Hybrid, which pairs two electric motors with a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a CVT transmission"

No, it doesn't. It has the two motor/generators, but there's no mechanical CVT. The car starts up in battery mode, then switches to electric drive where the engine provides electricity for the motor then switches to mechanical drive where the engine drives the wheels directly using one fixed gear. The only CVT element of that is the electric drive where engine and road speeds are not directly related.

30 March 2019

Thanks for the explanation. So basically the Jazz works as a series hybrid during the acceleration phase (where it might sound like a CVT), then engages a fixed gear for cruising. This arrangement seems to work well going by reports of the CR-V and is low cost and light since it does not need a conventional gearbox. Now I can see that it makes even more sense to standardise this for all Jazzs. 

30 March 2019
Not after their Swindon debacle.
Steam cars are due a revival.

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