The leaked image confirms that the Honda Jazz Type R is indeed coming with a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine good enough to produce 220 PS
Honda has rigorously been testing the Jazz on international roads and its arrival has long been anticipated due to a number of reasons. It is one of the biggest makeovers in the hatchback’s lifespan and will come equipped with more modern technologies as well as being more practical than its predecessor.
Firstly, the 2020 Honda Jazz has grown in dimensions with a wider stance allowing for the roomier cabin to the occupants. It will make its global premiere at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in October and will go on sale in global markets including Japan initially before expanding into other countries.
The Jazz, also known as Fit in the US, Japan and China, has now been leaked ahead of its world debut giving us most of the necessary details we need to know. As expected, Honda will introduce a performance-spec Jazz Type R and it’s the very model leaked by Headlightmag.
The Jazz will enter the fourth generation with design updates such as a more prominent front fascia with stretched back smoked LED headlamps and integrated LED Daytime Running Lights, revised grille with honeycomb mesh, redesigned front bumper with wider lower air intake and new housing for the rounded fog lamps, etc.
New set of black alloy wheels, wing mirrors, integrated spoiler, smoked wraparound LED tail lamps, blackened pillars and red highlights such as on the lip spoiler are notable exterior details in the Honda Jazz Type R. Staying true to the Type R, the interior is expected to get contrast red stitches, Type R branding on the seats and so on.
The 2020 Honda Jazz Type R will be tuned to generate as much as 220 PS and 245 Nm from the 1.5-litre turbocharged i-VTEC petrol engine. Other powertrain choices include a mild-hybrid petrol unit with 151 horsepower, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol and a 1.2-litre NA petrol while an all-electric drivetrain capable of 300 km range will arrive in the near future.
India could get the fourth generation Jazz in the later part of next year with current i-VTEC and i-DTEC engines upgraded to meet BSVI compliance. The premium hatchback segment is getting a lot of attention and the competition is certainly increasing – the arrival of Tata Altroz for instance.
Thus, Honda may not afford to lose out on this volume space, as Amaze and City are the only volume drivers, and bringing in the next-gen Jazz is more vital than it ever seemed.