The third-generation (GK) Honda Jazz (also known as the Fit in other markets) has been around for a couple of years now, and it looks like a replacement is on its way. Recently, a test mule was spotted undergoing testing somewhere in southern Europe by our spy photographers.

Based on the images, the one-box design associated with the Jazz is retained as before but with slightly differing proportions. Viewed from the side, we can see smaller front vent glass pieces that could see more rakish A-pillars in play – the repositioned side mirrors serve as a good indicator of the change.

The heavy camouflage on the mule means it is difficult to make out too many of the car’s styling cues but the minimal padding and number of fake body panels to indicate that the vehicle is quite far ahead in its development.

Up front, the cutouts for the headlamps hint at smaller units rather than what you’ll find on the current car. Meanwhile, the vertically-stretched taillights of the GK car have been replaced with horizontal ones instead, giving the vehicle a better sense of width.

Reports indicate the new Jazz will debut sometime in 2020 and come with a mix of petrol and hybrid powertrains. The latter is said to be derived from the latest Insight but it is still too early to solidify such claims.

Another possibility is an all-electric variant that is important for markets like China, with Nikkei reporting that such a model will have a driving range of around 300 km. Honda has already agreed to team up with Chinese company Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) on the development of an electric vehicle, which could be the Jazz EV.

GALLERY: Current Honda Jazz Hybrid (Malaysia spec)