Marcus De Guzman / Honda | May 19, 2017 09:05
Fourth-gen Honda Jazz refresh gets exterior, interior upgrades
It's still several weeks away before the 2018 Jazz facelift will officially be launched in Japan, but it looks The Land of Smiles will be the first global market that will be able to purchase the updated B-segment hatch. Now on sale in Thailand, the fourth-gen Jazz refresh receives an updated exterior and a host of new in-car features.
Like the hybrid version that was unveiled over in Japan, the hatchback gets slightly revised exterior. Some of the changes done on the 2018 Jazz include the restyled headlights, more prominent Solid Wing Face grill and the tweaked front and rear bumpers. Honda even redesigned the 15-inch alloy wheels and installed additional stoplight trim on the rear tailgate.
Depending on the variant, the Jazz facelift can even come with daytime running lights (DRLs), power-folding side mirrors and integrated turn signals on the side mirror caps.
A sportier version of the Jazz facelift has been made available via the RS trim. When specified, the RS Jazz gets more aggressive front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a matte black rear diffuser, RS badges on the front grill and tailgate, black side mirror caps and full LED headlights. Topping it all off are the carried-over 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels.
Inside, the Jazz refresh only received subtle changes. High-end models will come with a touch-panel automatic climate control, 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment and a reverse camera. Lower variants, on the other hand will get manual air-conditioning and a 2-DIN audio system that supports Bluetooth. Vehicle stability assist (VSA) and Hill-Start assist (HSA) round up some of the safety features and amenities available in the 2018 Jazz.
Exclusively available in the top-spec RS+ are the following: paddle shifters, cruise control, center armrest and six airbags.
Under the hood is a 1.5-liter i-VTEC inline-four. In Thailand, the motor puts out 117 PS at 6000 rpm 146 Nm of torque at 4700 rpm. This was done in order for the brand to follow with the country's strict emission regulations. The base model will only come with a 5-speed manual while the mid-range and top-of-the-line models will only be mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
With the 2017 City facelift set to make its Philippine debut soon, it is highly likely that the Jazz facelift could also follow suit in the following months.