TOKYO -- Honda Europe is expanding its Jazz range by adding the Crosstar, which will give the Japanese automaker its second entry in region's fast-growing small SUV segment after the HR-V.
The Crosstar, which will debut alongside the new-generation Jazz in Europe in mid-2020, features increased ride height, water-resistant upholstery and integrated roof rails.
The new Jazz and Jazz Crosstar models will be equipped in Europe with Honda's dual-motor hybrid powertrain technology as standard for the first time, Honda said in a release.
It is part of Honda Europe's plan to drop gasoline versions of the next Jazz to concentrate on hybrid sales as it bids to only offer electrified powertrains in the region by 2022. The move is crucial to helping Honda meet Europe's tougher CO2 emissions standards that take full effect in 2021.
Honda said the dual-motor hybrid provides the Jazz family with "exceptional EV-like driving dynamics," adding that the models are smooth and responsive.