Sometimes you can look at a vehicle and tell that it's going to be polarising; this is definitely the case for the next-generation Honda Jazz (or Honda Fit in some markets) in this fresh batch of spy shots. The little hatchback wears a bulbous shape that doesn't match the sharper styling from the current crop of Honda models.
Gallery: Honda Fit or Jazz spy shots
Compared to the previous spy shots from September 2018, this new test prototype wears a little less camouflage. The latest shots reveal the crossbars in the grille and the square running lights around the headlight lamps. Slits at the corners between the front fascia and splitter are visible now, too.
The front three-quarters perspective provides the best view of the new shape. The wedge-like nose from the existing model is gone, and a more rounded area is in its place. The differences are especially noticeable along the doorline where the next-gen Jazz gains a protruding line rather than the current crease.
The concealment at the back does its job well. Compared to the earlier spy shots, this test prototype appears to have the production-spec taillights. The lamps now slice into the hatchback rather than following the rear pillar.
Rumours from Japan indicate that the new Jazz arrives there in the fall of 2019. It would use a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder producing 125 bhp. A new two-motor hybrid powertrain would also be available.
There's no info yet about whether Honda would make a new generation of the Jazz EV. The electric model might step on the toes of the new of the upcoming Honda E, since they would both be compact EVs. With its retro design, the E has a charming look, and the automaker estimates a range of over 125 miles.
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