Honda has unveiled its new Jazz, featuring advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain technology as standard for the first time. The launch is part of Honda’s ambition for all of its European mainstream models to feature electrified powertrains by 2022.
The new model also features advanced connectivity that provides an intuitive user interface and wireless smartphone mirroring capability.
Honda says: ‘The comprehensive suite of in-built apps can be supplemented by seamless smartphone mirroring, via built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is available for Jazz occupants via a wireless connection for the first time’.
The all-new Jazz is the first Honda model to feature its new ‘Honda e:Technology’ branding that will feature across all future electrified products.
Honda Motor’s CEO Takahiro Hachigo, at a press conference held at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019, stated: “Honda wants to offer new value unique only to Honda for those customers who use our motorcycles, automobiles and power products that are powered by electricity or other forms of energy. In so doing, Honda wants to inspire people, put a smile on people’s faces and become a partner in making their daily lives more enjoyable. This is our passion represented by the new name – Honda e:TECHNOLOGY.”
Speaking at an ‘Electric Vision’ event in Amsterdam, Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, says: “The pace of change in regulation, the market, and consumer behaviour in Europe means that the shift towards electrification is happening faster here than anywhere else in the world. As the pace of change continues to accelerate, we need to act sooner to meet these challenges head-on. I’m delighted to announce that all of Honda’s mainstream models here in Europe will be electrified not by 2025, but three years earlier by the end of 2022, just 36 months from now.”
He adds: “This shift to electrification will change the face of our model line-up considerably. Our two-motor hybrid technology will be spread across the model range and we will bring further battery electric product to the market.”
Sales of the next-generation Honda Jazz for European markets is set to start in mid-2020.