New 2019 Honda Jazz to get hybrid powertrain

The Japanese manufacturer has confirmed that the next generation Honda Jazz will feature a hybrid powertrain similar to the CR-V crossover

The next generation Honda Jazz will feature a hybrid powertrain, borrowing technology from the CR-V hybrid. These recent spy shots show the forthcoming model undergoing its handling assessment ahead of its official reveal at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Honda’s i-MMD hybrid system will be used in the new Jazz, albeit with a far smaller combustion engine than the CR-V, with capacity likely being capped at 1,500cc. It’ll be mated to a CVT which houses an integrated electric motor, with power being fed to the front wheels only.

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Honda recently confirmed its plans to electrify its entire range by 2025, which will be spearheaded by the all-new, all-electric Honda e. Once the Jazz and the Honda e have reached production, the Japanese firm will expand the application of its i-MMD hybrid system to smaller segment cars.

The new Jazz will share its underpinnings with the recently-refreshed HR-V crossover and, like the current model, the only conventional engines offered will be small, efficient petrol units. Likely contenders include the 127bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder from the Civic or the 128bhp 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder from the HR-V.

We’re not expecting a diesel variant to feature, keeping in-line with the current supermini market trend towards small capacity petrol engines. Like the current model, buyers should also be given the choice of either a manual or automatic gearbox.

Despite our recently-spied mule’s heavy camouflage, it’s evident that the new Jazz’s styling has evolved substantially over its predecessor. It’s more curvaceous than the outgoing model, ditching its angular bumper and sharp headlights for rounder replacements. At the rear, the Jazz gets new tail lights, a reshaped tailgate and a less aggressive diffuser.

The Jazz’s interior will likely be a melting pot of switchgear and technology borrowed from elsewhere in Honda’s line-up, using the same seven-inch infotainment system as the Civic.

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