Honda’s little Jazz is now in its second generation and since it was first introduced in June 2001 well over 4 million cars have been sold around the world. Also known as Fit in Japan, China and the Americas, this little five-door hatchback is available with a wide range of engines, including a hybrid and even a four-wheel drive option, depending on the market.
Fit/Jazz platform is also used for the Fit hatch, Freed minivan, Fit Shuttle and sedan like City model. Combined global sales for all Honda Jazz based vehicles is about 800,000 vehicles a year.
Second generation model has been on the market since 2008 and the third-generation model will arrive in 2013.
With different automakers launching small crossovers (just think of the upcoming Renault Clio Crossover, Peugeot 2008, Chevrolet Trax), Honda has no plans to stay out of this new growing market segment.
Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has announced that a new subcompact crossover based on the next-generation Honda Fit/Jazz is headed to the European market in 2015. The new Fit/Jazz will arrive in 2013 and the small crossover will follow within two years.
This new crossover will be built very likely at Honda’s all-new assembly plant near Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico.
This new crossover will have an expected global volume up to 400,000 units a year.
It is purely speculative at this point to guess will Honda use the Jazz/Fit naming for the new crossover or will it get a different name…
Note: pictured above is the 2012 Honda Jazz.