BANGKOK: Malaysians will have to wait awhile as the Thais get the facelifted Honda Jazz from this week, with an "RS" version being introduced for the first time
The RS variant features a sporty design. It comes with a newly-designed front grille with an RS emblem, a more dynamic look with an RS-style front bumper with fog lights and rear bumper, new black side mirrors, and newly-designed seat covers with orange stitching. It is available in a new Phoenix Orange body colour.
The RS badge is also used in the Mobilio and Civic models.
The new Jazz is available in six variants and in a choice of six colours, with prices ranging from 555,000 baht to 754,000 baht (between RM70,000 and RM95,000).
You may recall Honda Malaysia saying last Saturday that the new Jazz is now open for bookings. The vehicle will be available in petrol and hybrid versions and are expected to start selling in Malaysia by June. The hybrid, known as Sport Hybrid, is expected to be ready for delivery from the third quarter.
Malaysia is the only country outside of Japan to introduce the new hybrid.
In its third-generation mid-life update, the Jazz gets a newly-designed front grille and front and rear bumper; and new LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL).
The interior promises plenty of space and comfort, with Ultra Seats with four adjustment modes for versatile rear storage. Additional features include a Multi Information Display (MID); air-conditioning with touchscreen control panel; one-push ignition; a 6.8-inch touchscreen display audio system compatible with a wireless phone connection; audio and video connection through a HDMI cable; and a multi-function steering wheel.
The new Honda Jazz is powered by a 1.5L SOHC i-VTEC engine that produces 117hp and 146Nm of torque at 4,700rpm. The cheapest variant gets a 5-speed manual while the five others are fitted with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), developed based on Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology.
Depending on variant, the hatchback is equipped with a 7-speed paddle shift and cruise control system. The engine is E85 compatible and comes with an ECO Assist system to help reduce fuel consumption.