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Honda Jazz crossover and hybrid leaked

Honda’s new Jazz will give the brand a new compact crossover offering.

Images of Honda’s new fourth-generation Jazz have leaked online ahead of its debut on stage at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Not much has changed to the shape and form of the familiar-looking Honda jazz, but photos taken of what appears to be a Japanese brochure leaked to Creative311, show that for the first time the Jazz will be offered as a compact crossover (riding higher unlike the Jazz X-Cross) to compete against supermini crossovers like the Suzuki Ignis.

According to the literature, the engine options include a 1.5-litre hybrid dual-motor powertrain which will be for Europe while other markets receive a variety of engine options.

The normal hatchback models replace the third-gen model’s grille with a body-coloured panel, and feature LED head and taillights and a variety of different wheels up to 16-inches large. Inside are trims ranging from basic ‘Ness model’ fabric to the ‘Luxe’ model’s leather surrounds, and a significant step up in technology including a central infotainment system and mobile phone connectivity to control aspects of the car like air conditioning.

Another nice touch is that the steering wheel adopts a similar two-spoke design as the new Honda-e.

The crossover Jazz branded ‘Crosstar’ in the brochure (we’re sure the Jazz will be given different trim badges relevant to Australia if it arrives here) substitutes body-coloured bumpers for black lower cladding, a higher ride height, roof rails, and water-repellent interior trim.

Honda Australia is yet to make an announcement on the new Jazz, which will have to come after the model makes its first official appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show.


Alex Rae

Alex Rae