Honda is preparing for the world debut of the next generation Jazz / Fit, which is set to take place at the upcoming 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, but the news for prospective customers in the US are not good.
So far the company refers to the new model exclusively as the Jazz , adding that it will be available only as a hybrid in Europe, but the car maker has declined to comment on whether it’s coming to the US, according to Automotive News.
Honda is currently offering its greenest models in Europe, including the electric E hatchback, and plans to offer at least one electrified variant for each one of its models in the Old Continent by 2025.
Sales of the Fit in the US market have fallen 17 percent through September. Selling a small car in the States has become increasingly difficult over the past few years and Honda might become the latest in a series of car makers to ditch this segment. The current NA-spec Fit is manufactured at the company’s factory in Mexico.
In any case, the next-generation Honda Jazz’s hybrid powertrain is expected to feature the company’s i-MMD dual-motor technology in combination with a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a CVT transmission.
The subcompact hatchback will retain its familiar shape, although the design will be less busy both inside and out. The interior will share most of its switchgear with the Honda e EV, but not its full-width display setup.