- Honda to demonstrate its range of electrified and connected technologies as part of new e:TECHNOLOGY direction at 2020 Geneva Motor Show
- European motor show debut for all-new Jazz with e:HEV hybrid technology
- SUV-inspired Jazz Crosstar model also makes debut
- Honda press conference to take place at 12:00 CET
Honda is set to debut the all-new Jazz and Jazz Crosstar at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, along with a range of electrified products and energy management innovations. Unified under new e:TECHNOLOGY branding, the line-up represents Honda’s ambition to provide a full range of electrified mobility and energy products to suit modern lifestyles.
Alongside the all-new Jazz, visitors to the show will also experience the full electric Honda e. These two models are the first of six to be launched that will see all Honda’s mainstream models in Europe electrified by 2022.
All-new Honda Jazz
The all-new Jazz hatchback makes its European debut in Geneva, featuring advanced e:HEV two-motor hybrid powertrain technology as standard for the first time. Honda engineers have completely reimagined the iconic model from the ground up. In the process they conceived a compelling new proposition in the compact segment: a city car that combines exceptional efficiency with ultimate usability.
The new seamless and contemporary design evolution introduces a beautiful simplicity to the timeless shape of the Jazz. Its smooth contours form the instantly-recognisable monoform silhouette, adding a new emotional appeal to the class-leading levels of interior comfort and practicality for which the Jazz nameplate is renowned.
The all-new Jazz incorporates intuitive infotainment technology with seamless in-car connectivity to ensure occupants can stay connected. The Jazz also incorporates Honda Personal Assistant, an integrated Artificial Intelligence agent first seen in the Honda e.
New Crosstar variant unveiled
To broaden the appeal of the model, the rugged Jazz Crosstar variant presents a more SUV-style proposition, orientated toward those with active lifestyles. Available with the same hybrid powertrain and interior features as the standard model, the new Jazz Crosstar features increased ride height, water-resistant upholstery and integrated roof rails.
The model’s visual presence is also bolstered by a bolder front grille design, substantial black trim and stylish side sills. The Crosstar-specific alloy wheels, which widen towards the rim, create an increased sense of stability and enhance the variant’s robust styling.
The Jazz and Honda e models will be joined in the e:TECHNOLOGY line-up by two CR-V Hybrid models, completing Honda’s 2020 line-up of electrified products.
e:HEV Hybrid Technology
Honda’s Geneva Motor Show stand will also showcase the brand’s line-up of e:HEV hybrid engines that feature on both the CR-V Hybrid and the new Jazz. The e:HEV system newly developed for the Jazz comprises two compact, energy-dense electric motors connected to a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and an innovative fixed-gear transmission via an intelligent power control unit. These advanced technologies work harmoniously together to provide a highly efficient, smooth and direct response.
Honda connected technologies
In addition to its new range, Honda will demonstrate its intuitive AI and advanced connectivity technologies. Visitors can experience how the Honda e and the all new Jazz will seamlessly integrate with modern lifestyles through sophisticated, easy-to-use functionality such as the Honda Personal Assistant voice command recognition system featured on both models. Also on show will be the suite of connected technologies and services available through the My Honda+ smartphone application, featured as standard on both models.
Honda will also be displaying its range of EV charging and energy management solutions. The Honda Power Charger will feature alongside an example of urban charging infrastructure from charging specialists ubitricity. Finishing off its range of charging options, the Honda Power Manager Prototype will preview future “vehicle-to-grid” technology.
Civic Type R GT, Sport Line and Limited Edition
The stand will be completed by Honda’s new Civic Type R range, with the first public display of the newly-introduced Sport Line and Limited Edition variants. This area will also present Honda’s most extreme performance capabilities in the form of the 2020 Red Bull Racing RB16 Formula 1 car, the all-conquering Repsol Honda Team MotoGP RC213V motorcycle and the Monster Energy Honda Team CRF450 Rally motorcycle, fresh from its 2020 Dakar Rally triumph.