The 2020 Honda Fit (Jazz locally) finally goes on sale in Japan after its initial launch at the Tokyo Motor Show back in October of 2019. The subcompact hatchback comes available with five trim levels called Basic, Home, Ness, Crosstar, and Luxe. Each is specially designed to cater to certain parts of Honda’s target market. The vehicle also comes with two drivetrain options and comes with Honda Sensing safety technology.
While there is no word yet as to when the Jazz will enter the Philippine market, the Japanese variants can give you a baseline as to what to expect. Each variant is available with two powertrain options. The first option is a 1.3-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder gasoline engine, which is connected to a CVT. The second option is an e:HEV drivetrain which features a two-motor hybrid system. This powertrain is paired to an eCVT further adding to the fuel economy. An all-wheel-drive option is also available with each powertrain and trim level.
For the naturally aspirated 1.3-liter variants, these are capable of producing 97hp and 118nm of torque. The hybrid powertrain variants, on the other hand, come with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to an electric motor. Both powerplants combined are rated at 107 hp and 254 Nm of torque. The hybrid variant also includes a starter-generator motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.
The 2020 Fit builds on what the previous model had, coming in with a more spacious and comfortable cabin. The A-pillars have been slimmed down in order to give better visibility with the added bonus of a flat-topped instrument panel. The interior also gets more comfortable with the addition of soft padding designed to make long-distance driving less taxing for all occupants. Cabin and luggage space has also been increased making way for more storage options.
The new Honda Fit also the first model to be sold in Japan that features a 9-inch Honda Connect infotainment system that is compatible with Honda’s Total Care Premium connected service.