New Honda Jazz set for November unveil

New Honda Jazz set for November unveil
5 Mar, 2013 4:08pm Luke Madden

A sporty new Honda Jazz will be revealed at the Tokyo show in November

Honda has confirmed that the next-generation Jazz will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in November this year, and it will feature a sportier design inspired by the Urban SUV Concept.

The new Jazz - which will be shown as the Japanese-market Fit - is built on a completely new scaleable platform that is also set to underpin a new Juke-rivalling SUV, previewed by the Urban SUV.

Honda UK Managing Director, Dave Hodgetts said: "The Urban SUV Concept really set out a design strategy that we want all our future cars to follow".

"We want it to look sporty but we want the functionality carried over, so Jazz will still have the high seats and practicality," Hodgetts continued.

When it's unveiled in November, the new Jazz will face off against the all-new Nissan Note, which also appeared in Geneva.

Meanwhile, Honda also confirmed that SUVs larger than the CR-V currently don't make sense in Europe and aren't a part of the current product plan.

However, new hybrid systems are under development and the firm is working on a successor to the FCX Clarity hydrogen car, which is expected to be built in the hundreds. The firm sees hydrogen as the future of motoring and is hoping to have a full production model on the roads by 2020.

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No doubt as good as any Honda. I'd have one if I didn't buy another Toyota. Which I probably will. More reliable than any Eurojunk

About time too. Jazz badly needs a sporty face-lift that is if Honda wants to lure any young people into buying it. Until then it remains almost exclusively in the domain of older buyers a bit like Nissan Note.

No problems with Honda as a marque. However a fair amount of "Japcrap" from other makers has come in over the years and found avid customers. Some of it was quite appalling, no matter how reliable it might or might not be.
Let's have a pact. No more references to "Eurojunk" or "Japcrap" please!

Its interesting how the Jazz has and still does attract younger buyers in other parts of the globe. America and in particular Asia. It even attracts the attention of tuners in these parts....I kid you not!

I do wish that Honda would dump the 2.0 Civic Type R engine into the Jazz and just stick a couple of subtle badges on it and watch Mr Audi or BMW man (in their 1.9TDi & 318d's) wonder what on earth is that as you pull away from him at traffic lights! Probably only in my dreams