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June 15, 2020

Honda Finally Understands: Not Everyone Likes the 2020 Jazz's New Look

When the all-new, fourth-generation Honda Jazz (aka Fit) made its global debut in Japan, the design didn’t really sit with a vast majority of enthusiasts. Most dismissed it as too cute and not really a match for Honda’s sporty positioning.

It seems several of Honda’s global offices agreed, and started tweaking the all-new Jazz to better suit local tastes. Case in point is how it looks like in China.

Manufactured by GAC Honda (one of Honda’s joint ventures in Mainland China), the all-new Jazz (officially known as the Fit Sport there) gets a different front-end treatment. It starts with a revised bumper with more aggressive-looking faux scoops. Moreover, the most controversial aspect—the Japan/European no-grille look has been replaced with a more traditional mesh-type one.

China is also getting the SUV-inspired Crosstar too. This version though is much more similar to what’s seen in Japan and Europe.

Inside, the Chinese market Fit looks to receive a fairly similar interior design. It keeps the all-digital instrumentation, floating infotainment screen, and two-spoke steering wheel. What makes the Chinese version unique is the color scheme: it gets neon green highlights to complement the high-gloss white accents (it replaces the traditional piano black trim).

Closer to home, the fate of the fourth-generation Honda Fit/Jazz is still up in the air. While demand for Honda’s sub-compact hatchback remains strong in the Philippines, it is not as strong elsewhere in the region. Coupled with the complexity of the fourth-generation model, it may result to a built-for-ASEAN City hatchback. If this proves to be true, expect this to replace the global Fit/Jazz model in Honda Cars Philippines’s line-up.

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