2020 Honda Fit & Jazz: Design, Engines And Everything Else We Know

Subcompacts may not be up in the hall of fame when it comes automotive icons, but Honda’s Fit (called Jazz in Europe) has earned quite a loyal following over the years with its clever packaging, frugal powertrains, and competent driving dynamics.

Sadly, its relevance is becoming less important as buyers flock towards small SUVs and crossovers. Fortunately, the Japanese carmaker is fully aware of this and is planning a two-pronged attack with the next-generation model in normal and pseudo-CUV formats.

We take an illustrated first look at the standard road-oriented variant and everything else we can expect from the Fit’s (Jazz) 2020 redesign.

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

Youthful, Yet Refined

At first glance, the redesign isn’t as radical as the current Civic’s in comparison to its predecessor. Instead, it’s more of a refined appearance coupled to a sportier profile.

The front-end now has a cleaner, cute and youthful look. Those large headlights are a nod to the first generation Fit and they now feature rectangular projector lenses and more technical detailing in the bezels. Horizontal themes dominate the grille and lower intakes, whilst the dual A-pillars are slimmer for better visibility. Sheet metal surfacing is more organic with minimal hard creases, and the rear features a melting-pot of evolutionary styling from Honda’s current lineup.

The all-terrain inspired version will feature more pronounced body cladding around the wheel arches and sills. It will also sport a different front bumper, roof rails and increased ride height to complete the go-anywhere aesthetic.

Cabin Magic

One gripe with the current car (albeit subjective), is that it seems to feature cabin styling commissioned by a Picasso fanatic …and not in a good way. This time around, Honda has gone in favor of a sleeker two-tone, horizontally themed dashboard featuring vertical air vents and a high-mount touchscreen interface that looks to tilt out from the dash pad.

Those familiar with the Fit will be well versed with its Magic Seat abilities that can transform the interior into a Tardis if needed. The good news is that setup will continue to feature for 2020 and will benefit from improved interior volume. We also anticipate to see more standardized driver assist features such as lane keeping aid, adaptive cruise with stop & go and road departure mitigation.

Frugal Powertrains

The Fit’s powertrain lineup will consist of both gasoline and diesel variants (the latter for European markets). It is anticipated that a turbocharged 1.0-litre, three-cylinder gasoline, and a 1.5-litre diesel will be available from launch. A 151 hp, 1.5-litre hybrid shared with the larger Insight, has also been confirmed for the range.

Perhaps the biggest potential news (yet to be confirmed), are rumors of an all-electric variant. Conjecture has it this model will offer a Nissan Leaf-beating range of around 186 miles (300 km).

Pint-sized Rivals & Launch 

The Fit/Jazz competes in an ever-shrinking subcompact segment that’s under attack by the rise of the crossover utility vehicle. It’ll also have to contend with many other worthy alternatives, including Volkswagen’s Polo, Ford Fiesta (the one North America doesn’t get), Mini Cooper, SEAT Ibiza, Suzuki Swift, Citroen C3, Mazda 2, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i20, Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Picanto and upcoming Opel Corsa.

We expect a reveal later this year, possibly as early as the Frankfurt motor show in mid-September or at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show in October, with sales starting soon after as MY2020 offering.

Finally, what do you think the Fit’s redesign? Share your views in the comments below.

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  • Rocket

    The rendering appears to have toned down the aggressive body line visible on the camouflaged tester, and I don’t think Honda is capable of designing such a clean front end. I like the optimism though.

  • Sovereignty

    Youthful? Here in the UK, research revealed the average age of a new Honda Jazz buyer is 61 and has developed a reputation as an old person’s favourite.


  • Bash

    Been a year maybe since I saw a Honda Jazz/Fit on street.

  • charlotteharry57

    It looks fine. Nothing earth-shattering. What I’m having trouble digesting is the rush (not only by Honda) to turbo 3-cylinders. I’m still getting over my switch from a V-6 to a turbo-4. The problem here is that the upcoming fuel economy standards don’t line up with current fuel prices. What’s next, turbo-3s in Suburbans (just kidding) (more like hybrid or Suburban EVs)? The next-gen Fit will probably have a turbo 0.5L. Golf cart, anyone?

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    So far so good!

  • PhilMcGraw
  • Sébastien

    It’s basically what inspired VW ID.3

  • Dude

    It looks more appliance-like which I guess makes sense if it’s going to have a hybrid version

  • no25

    Something about photo 25/28 does not say Honda to me. It looks like a Toyota Prius C under that camo. The logo is also circular and Honda’s is square. But maybe it’s just their way of hiding the identity to tease people. I mean we did see a Cadillac spied hiding itself as a Dodge Charger.

  • carsmofo

    This thing needs an SI trim with the 1.5L turbo engine & 6spd manual.

  • Paul

    It looks like it’s going to be a nice little skate. That black rendering I think pretty well nails it.

  • Adam

    This render design is too clean for a Honda. Their designers prefer busyness and incoherency. Honda have to be one of THE worst from a design standpoint.

    • Laura Langtry

      My Honda Fit, the 2018, is insanely gorgeous, sleek, fast, nimble, hugs the road like it’s on rails.
      You don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • klowik

    that looks worse than the current, Honda is going backward again in their design department!!

    • mckillio

      That’s not a Honda rendering…

  • sidewaysspin

    It’s becoming like a sort of japanese VW Polo.

  • ThatGuy

    To me it looks less attractive than the current gen if this sketch is anything to go by.

  • Ard

    Lights in the rear hood is a no go if you aim for a car which has a minimum footprint with a maximum of interior space.

  • emjayay

    The real question is whether it continues the Fit/Jazz tradition of terrible NVH and ride, and the lack of legroom for the driver and an inch or so less legroom for the front seat passenger. For the current model CR initially mentioned that the NVH was bad but better than the previous model. In the current capsule review they say something like it’s wearing on trips. It’s wearing all the time, and so is the related HRV. And I’m 5’10″/170lbs and I don’t fit in the Fit.

    • Ultimo Patriarch

      I am 5’10” 170lbs and have no difficulties in fitting in the Fit ….

    • Laura Langtry

      My husband drives my 2018 Fit, and he’s 6’7″ and rides 20 miles a day in the mountains on his bike.
      He is FINE driving my car. He loves its road-hugging abilities.

  • N Weal

    looks like I will have to buy a 2019 before they screw up the Fit. So few choices left for good hatchback manual transmission cars in the US. don’t want a turbo 1.0 3 cylinder car.

  • mckillio

    Will it be on a new platform?

  • Laura Langtry

    aesthetically, just from the model shown, I think it’s beyond ugly.
    They took a car (I have the 2018) that looks and acts like a Japanese Katan — sleek, fast, nimble, incredibly efficient — and turned it into a Ford Fiesta.

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