New Honda Fit debuts in Tokyo with a hybrid option

New Honda Fit debuts in Tokyo with a hybrid option

New Honda Fit debuts in Tokyo with a hybrid option

Honda's new compact hatch is ready, with a face that calls the original to mind, hybrid power, and a full safety suite.

The Honda Fit, that small-on-the-outside, big-on-the-inside vehicle that has been bending perceptions of three-dimensional space since 2001, was revealed in its fourth generation guise Tuesday at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The 2020 Honda Jazz Crosstar can be thought of as Japan's alternative for the Honda WR-V.

Honda UK sales boss Phil Webb said the maker will launch a campaign to help educate on the hybrid Jazz given the older age of many of its loyal customers.

Basic, Home, Ness, Crosstar and Luxe are the five types of the 2020 Honda Jazz suiting individual tastes.

While the Basic variant is the simplest one out of the lot with the most "gentle" appearance and nothing fancy, the Home variant is arguably the most futuristic looking one, featuring 16-inch wheels, a white interior, as well as colour coordinated seats made of high quality fabric. One step up in the range takes you to the Ness that includes water-repellent materials for the seat surfaces and soft padding on the instrument cluster.

Pakistan freshen up squad for Australia tour in wake of Sarfraz's sacking
Chief selector Misbah, who is also the head coach of the Pakistani team, said he wishes to play "aggressive, attacking cricket". The exit from T20Is means curtains for Shoaib Malik who had already announced retirement from Tests and ODIs.

New safety and driver-assist tech for the new Jazz will include a front wide view camera on top of the automaker's Sensing suite, which will come standard on the auto across the range.

Honda hasn't yet released information on the Fit's new powertrain, but we are told a hybrid model will feature the automaker's newly announced e:HEV two-motor hybrid system, which will also be available later in the Accord.

Similarly, the Fit will be the first model outfitted with Honda's Connect on-board communication system. Still, this little five-door looks to have big appeal. The highlighting features include an upright front grille, new bumpers up front and rear, wider air intake, LED DRLs, sleeker headlamps, a rather undisturbed side profile with clean lines, a compact rear end with U-shaped LED taillamps, etc.

The instrument panel uses a flat-topped design with horizontal and straight lines, and windshield wipers are barely visible from inside the cabin to increase road visibility.

Honda's new Jazz / Fit looks very similar to the outgoing model and appears to have similar proportions.

The planar support structure of the seat stabilises the body and makes long driving easier and more comfortable. Honda only says "the all-new Fit will drive smoothly by an electric motor for virtually all situations of everyday driving and realize outstanding environmental performance as well as excellent ride comfort with powerful acceleration and comfortable driving". The rear Magic Seats that the Fit is known for promise to be every bit as versatile as before. As such, we can expect Honda's all-new rival to the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna to come with this hybrid powertrain as well.

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