Ah, the 2020 Honda Jazz. First revealed to the world during the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, it featured an all-new concept-like design, a simplified cabin, and hybrid propulsion as standard. But if there was one thing that did not sit well with fans and critics alike, that would be its grille or lack of it.
Some have tried to reimagine the Jazz's new looks by giving it a Type R-like front grille which actually doesn't look bad. Honda even tried to make amends by revealing the Fit Modulo X which sprouted a neat grille upfront. That's all well and good but that car is still a concept.
But it looks like Honda has officially fitted the all-new Jazz with a new front grille... in China that is.
That's right, the B-segment hatchback gets a slightly altered look for the Chinese market via the 2020 Honda Fit Sport. Unlike the models sold in Japan and Europe, the Fit Sport over in the People's Republic has a prominent grille front and center, and a sportier RS-like front bumper. This gives the hatchback a more striking appearance compared to the rather bland grill-less models.
But other than that, the overall look and design of the Jazz remain the same. This means the Chinese-spec Jazz still comes with a two-spoke steering wheel, new center console, and dashboard design, 9-inch touchscreen infotainment, and a 7-inch instrument panel. Powering the Fit Sport is a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. It makes 131 PS and is paired with a CVT.
Will the all-new Honda Jazz be actually offered in the Philippines? That's still up to debate actually as it might be replaced by the City Hatchback. We previously reported that the Jazz in the Philippines could be succeeded by a five-door hatchback version of the City. Patent drawings, as well as spy photos over in Thailand, appear to somewhat confirm the rumors.
Could this mean that we won't be getting the all-new Jazz in the future as we might end up with the City Hatchback? Watch this space.