Honda was one of the last hold outs in the downsized turbocharged party until they released the boosted Civic back in 2016. It would be followed by the CR-V a year after, which also got a 1.5-liter turbo in select markets. Even the Accord no longer has non-turbo engines, using either a 1.5 Turbo or a de-tuned 2.0-liter from the Type R. Now it seems that the Jazz is in line to get a turbo as well.
Japanese publication Best Car Web has reported that the 2020 Honda Jazz will follow the route which the Civic paved. As it stands, the current engines found in the Jazz, dubbed the L-series, has been powering Honda's small car range since 2001, with constant updates to give it more power and better emissions throughout the years.
If true, it begs the question as to what particular engine will power the small hatchback. The answer may lie in the European-spec Civic. Over there, the Civic is available with three engine options, namely a 1.6-liter diesel, the familiar 1.5-liter turbo, and a three-cylinder turbocharged 1.0-liter. With that, it seems likely that the turbocharged three-cylinder will make its way under the Jazz's hood.
Specs? It's internally known as the P10A2 and it has dual overhead cams and Earth Dreams Technology. The turbocharged three-pot produces 129 PS and 200 Nm of torque. Compared to the current engine, the 1.0-liter turbo makes a bit more horsepower and a significant amount more torque. To recap, the ASEAN-spec 1.5-liter engine makes 120 PS and 145 Nm of torque while the Earth Dreams version puts out 128 PS and 153 Nm of torque.
That said, it is unlikely that Honda will immediately drop the 1.5-liter engines as soon as the next-generation Jazz is launched. Best Car Web said that the L-Series engine could still live on in entry-level versions of the car, or in other markets outside of Japan.
Given that the City also shares the same platform as the Jazz, it is possible that the popular small sedan could get a turbo too. While nothing is set in stone yet, it now looks like Honda is embracing the concept of turbocharging their bread-and-butter models.