Marcus De Guzman / Honda Japan | May 12, 2017 07:11
2018 Honda Jazz gets sharper exterior, more premium features
It's official, the 2018 Honda Jazz / FIt facelift is indeed true and the automaker recently released the first images of the upcoming B-segment hatchback. Sporting a more aggressive look, along with a heavily revised interior, the 2018 update gives the Jazz an evolutionary design along with new standard equipment.
Seen here are the first images of the hybrid version of the B-segment hatchback. Immediately apparent is the updated front fascia which is now reminiscent of the 2017 City refresh.
Sleek new LED headlights and bright daytime running lights (DRLs) dominate the front. Complementing it is the lightly tweaked Solid Wing Face grill and revised front bumper. It gets larger foglights, a bigger chin spoiler and wider side air intakes. No images of the entire hatchback's rear were provided but we do get to see the updated combination LED taillights that now extend onto the hatch. There also appears to be a new chrome trim on the tailgate.
Apart from the exterior, we also get to see the inside of the 2018 Jazz. Based on the images provided, it looks like high-end models will have two-tone, high-grade fabric-leather on the seats, steering wheel and door trim. The seat itself, on the other hand, now have better side bolsters. The instrument panel appears to have been updated as well for the 2018 refresh while a new center console further spruces up the Jazz's interior. We also get to see an updated transmission gate though given that this is the hybrid, it may be only unique to this version.
Over in Japan, the 2018 Jazz Hybrid is available with a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC inline-four that is helped along by the new i-DCD hybrid system (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive). In a nutshell, the 7-speed dual clutch transmission features an integrated electric motor with a lithium-ion battery pack that helps the car generate power. Compared to the older Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), this new system allows the Jazz to run on pure electricity (EV mode). Total system output, on the other hand is rated at 137 PS.
Apart from the hybrid motor, it is highly likely that the 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC inline-four will also be made available in the 2018 Jazz.
The updated B-segment hatchback will be launched in Japan in June.