Honda has unveiled an all-new Jazz, with the option of an advanced, two-motor hybrid powertrain.

It marks a return of hybrid technology for the company, if you don’t count the NSX supercar.

The last mainstream hybrid sold in Australia was the Civic Hybrid in 2015.

Due to go on sale in the middle of next year in Japan, new Jazz will be offered only as a hybrid in some markets.

The next-generation Jazz will be the first model in Honda’s line-up to wear the new “e:HEV” badge.

This is the first example of “Honda e:Technology” branding that will feature across all future electrified products.

The new Jazz will also see the introduction of a crossover version with a raised ride height called the Crosstar.

Available with the same hybrid powertrain and interior features as the standard model, Crosstar features increased ride height, a unique front grille design, water-resistant upholstery and integrated roof rails.

The all-new Jazz retains class-leading levels of interior space through clever packaging of hybrid drivetrain components into the chassis and within the engine bay.

Key to maximising cabin space is the positioning of the fuel tank in the centre of the chassis under the front seats, a feature unique in this class.

This enables the Jazz to retain the exceptionally versatile rear Magic Seats that offer both “fold-flat” or “flip-up” seat flexibility, depending on cargo space required.

The contemporary interior layout echoes the clean look of the exterior, complemented with an uncluttered, user-friendly instrument panel.

The wide centre console armrest also echoes interior specifications of higher segment cars.

New wider, body-stabilising front seats feature mat-structure support, replacing the previous spring setup, to help prevent fatigue on long journeys.

Improved rear-seat design and a thicker rear seat pad provides greater comfort for passengers too.

The thin A-pillar design improves horizontal visibility comfort for occupants, with the abundance of natural light through the expansive windscreen and front quarter lights serving to enhance the sense of spaciousness in the cabin.

Intuitive infotainment technology with seamless in-car connectivity and a WiFi hotspot ensure occupants can stay connected with everyday life.

The new LCD touchscreen interface features familiar smartphone-style usability, with swipe controls to browse recently used applications and media lists.

The comprehensive suite of in-built apps can be supplemented by seamless smartphone mirroring, via built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is available for Jazz occupants via a wireless connection for the first time.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.