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Next Honda Jazz ‘to be hybrid only’

Next Honda Jazz ‘to be hybrid only’

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Long a favourite in the UK, the Honda Jazz looks set to go exclusively hybrid in its next generation.

According to a fresh report from motoring publication Autocar, the Japanese supermini will be offered with electrified powertrains only as Honda looks to honours its commitment of bringing hybridisation to all cars sold in Europe by 2025.

It offers just the one petrol-electric car currently in the UK — the CR-V Hybrid — meaning the Jazz would be just the second such car in the Japanese firm’s modern line-up. Autocar says 60 per cent of Honda’s CR-V sales is of hybrid models, with the SUV also available in a petrol-powered guise.

It has previously offered a hybrid version of the Civic, as well as the revolutionary Insight, which was the world’s first commercially available hybrid car.

Honda hybrid badge

The publication also says the Jazz is likely to use a similar set-up to the CR-V Hybrid, which utilises a 2.0-litre petrol engine coupled

to two electric motors, with power sent via a CVT transmission.

A 2020 release date is believed to be on the cards for the next-generation Honda Jazz, making it the fourth iteration of the hatch — also known as the Fit in Japan and the US.