Honda Australia has confirmed the next-generation Honda Jazz will be launched locally in late 2020 with standard Honda Sensing active safety tech.
Not much is known about the next-generation Jazz, though a hybrid model will be offered as part of the local range under the new vision of Honda Australia to have 25 per cent of its sales electrified by 2025. The model could debut a new platform, as well as the 'EarthDreams' engines already offered in Japan and New Zealand.
Speaking at an event in Sydney, Honda Australia director Stephen Collins told local media that the all-new Jazz is confirmed for a late 2020 Australian release.
“Next full model year change is the Jazz for the end of 2020” he said.
“We can’t say much about it other than timing, but we’re excited for it when it arrives in late 2020.”
The company did, however, confirm it will offer the full suite of Honda Sensing safety equipment across the range, which includes features such as auto emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and automatic high beam lights.
“By the end of 2022, every model will have the full suite of Honda Sensing,” said Mr Collins.
“This new Jazz will absolutely part of our vision to fit Sensing across the range by the end of 2022, and completely new models such as the Accord and Jazz will come before then.”
The light car segment is still proving to be somewhat of a challenge in Australia, with 11,941 sales to the end of February 2019 - a 12.0 per cent drop on this time last year. The Jazz’s 1111 units so far in 2019 is down an even larger 19.1 per cent despite sales campaigns from Honda Australia.
“The light car segment is still really tough for all manufacturers in Australia. Thanks to SUV popularity and the exchange rate of the Australian dollar, it’s definitely a challenge to sell a light car here,” said Mr Collins.
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