One of the biggest debuts last year has got to be the new Honda Jazz, and as is customary, Mugen got first dibs on tuning the B-segment hatchback. Many have lamented the softer, more organic design of the fourth-generation model, but the Saitama outfit’s show car, displayed at the recent Tokyo Auto Salon, adds some aggression back into the mix.

The company showed two looks for the Jazz using a really cool half-and-half application. The red side, called Dash, is the sportier one and gets a carbon fibre surround for the slim grille, along with a large front spoiler that reaches halfway up the bumper, complete with a gloss black splitter. You’ll also find side skirts, a tea tray-like tailgate spoiler and a sizeable rear diffuser, finished off with a big tailpipe.

Also from Mugen are the 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, door visors and door mirrors and rear tailgate garnish made out of carbon fibre, and while the front fenders appear to sport arrow-shaped vents, they are really just stickers – just like the stripes on the doors and tailgate. Inside, there are Mugen-branded side sill plates, starter button, door trim and camouflage floor mats.

On the white side, dubbed Skip, the car is fitted with simpler lips on the front and rear bumpers and side sills, though it still shares the wheels and tailgate spoiler with its more exuberant sibling. The grille appliqué is also smaller here, with a side-mounted (rather than centred) Mugen badge. This badge can also be found on the front fenders on both sides.

Mugen hasn’t detailed any sort of mechanical changes to the Jazz. In Japan, where the car is called the Fit, it will be motivated by a new dual-motor Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid powertrain – a smaller version of the system in the Accord Hybrid – to replace the outgoing Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD). Both the car and the Mugen components shown here will go on sale next month.

GALLERY: Honda Jazz Mugen Dash


GALLERY: Honda Jazz Mugen Skip

GALLERY: 2020 Honda Jazz

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