2020 Honda Fit/Jazz Spied For The First Time In Europe

The third-generation Honda Fit (sold as Jazz in Europe and other markets) has been on sale since 2014. The mild update applied in mid-2017 might help keep it relevant for a couple of years, but the truth is Honda needs a new-generation model.

As it turns out, the automaker has already begun testing the fourth-generation Jazz, as you can see in these first spy shots. A test prototype with German number plates was spotted somewhere in southern Europe.

Considering that the vehicle has no padded camouflage, testing must be quite advanced. The car does have a full body wrap, but the camouflage is light and allows us to spot the one-box design of the car, which is traditional for Hondas subcompact model. It does look better proportioned, sportier even than the current model. The vehicle also appears to be wider but thats just our assumption based on the photos.

As reports have it, when the new Fit/Jazz debuts sometime in 2020, it will feature both gasoline engines and hybrid options. Sources from Japan claim the new Jazz Hybrid will get the same powertrain from the new Insight. There will also be an all-electric Jazz sitting at the top of the range.

A Nikkei report from earlier this year said the upcoming Fit EV would cost approximately $18,000 and would feature a small battery enabling a driving range of around 300 km (186 miles). The model will debut in China in the first half of 2020 but details about its availability in the United States and Europe remain scarce for now.

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  • Bruce K

    it’s still early in the development process. Honda has not yet hit it with its patented “Next Generation Ugly Stick.”

    • ksegg

      Better than Subaru’s patented “zZzzzZZzz” design language they’ve faithfully kept for decades.

  • Evo45

    I could tell that it’s a Toyota if I didn’t read the article, interesting times.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    Glad they haven’t let the Fit/Jazz rot. Even though it’s a hot seller for Honda, it’s also the best in class by many measures, and other carmakers have abandoned the segment (or most cars entirely–looking at you, Ford). So the possibility of further evolution despite limited incentive is a happy one.

    • ace_9

      Which other manufacturers abandoned the segment of small hatchbacks?

      • Matteo Tommasi

        Its widht is not exactly hatchback-like

        • ace_9

          So is it an MPV? 😀 It’s still a hatchback in B segment. And then there are also bigger hatchbacks in C segment.

      • Perry F. Bruns

        In the North American market, Mazda, Subaru, Chrysler (admittedly a decade or more ago), and VW (the Golf has been too large for 25 years or more and the Polo will never come to the U.S.). Additionally, Toyota seems to regard the Yaris as a way to upsell customers to Corollas, given the glacial pace of updates; Chevrolet outsources the Spark and Sonic to GM sibling Daewoo; and Mitsubishi extrudes the Mirage, which seems designed to make people dislike cars in general. In my view, all Honda theoretically has to do is make a car slightly better than the Toyota Yaris and the Nissan Versa Note, but having driven the Yaris and the Fit, they have at least beaten Toyota. (I don’t want to test drive the Note, because all the Nissan salespeople here are pushy even by sales standards, and I also don’t want to waste their time.)

        • ace_9

          Ok, but that’s only american market. Rest of the world still has quite a lot to choose from. All japanese and european manufacturers are still producing small hatchbacks and they will continue to do so.

          • Perry F. Bruns

            I should have specified originally that the NA market is what I was talking about.

          • Perry F. Bruns

            I also wanted to say that you are, of course, correct that non-U.S.-bound hatchbacks abound, and that competition is very healthy in Europe, Asia, and even the rest of the Americas.

            That’s what makes it all the more frustrating to be a fan of anything other than trucks and SUVs here in the U.S.

          • ace_9

            I understand. I would also not be very happy about this situation, if I lived there. It is strange however, suvs and trucks are usually more expensive, but obviously many people buy them. Which means most of the people is quite well from financial point of view. Is that so?

          • Perry F. Bruns

            We’re a weird country. We spend money we don’t have to buy things we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.

            That said, there are a lot of people who do need trucks and even SUVs for work, or to cart their families around. But there are millions of us that would do just fine with a compact or even a subcompact–we’ve just been convinced that we need big shiny four-wheel-drive urban assault vehicles.

            So we might be slightly better off, but lots of us end up spending beyond our means.

  • no25

    thought i was looking at a Prius C for a moment

  • Bash

    I think it looks better with the camou on. Maybe they just have to keep that way. lol

  • MarkoS

    Is there some new Honda design language there? Looks to be.

    • Knotmyrealname

      It’s called the ‘cleft palate’ style

  • WalthamDan

    Well that doesn’t look very promising. Was hoping they would go back to something more like the previous series that was well designed and had a sportiness to it. Which was all lost on the current bland design.

  • Dennis James

    Wow, what a great event !

  • ThatGuy

    I don’t know a single person who ever said, “wow that Honda Jazz/Fit, looks so sporty”.
    I agree it does not look sporty at all, plus they will give a VW Polo price for sub-par parts in and out and use the we are so reliable card as usual.

  • ThatGuy

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e13110f376e9ce63facefdb90a11823a6921b956f4f6411e2aa7129af5ea9a55.jpg

    See the redline, wow so sporty. I think that was a bit too sarcastic

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Ha! That’s the only redline that a Jazz will get near (actually, it’s right on top of it!).

      • ThatGuy

        All this done on black painted space saver spares at an all new optional price. I will never understand how people cannot see through the rouse of car makers.

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