Right after the world premier of the 2017 Honda Jazz facelift at Carlist.my Test, Drive and Buy Event, Thailand becomes the first country to officially launch the new and refreshed Jazz hatchback. While the Jazz Sport Hybrid landed on our shores, our northern neighbour gets the sportier RS variant.
We have seen the exterior changes (mainly cosmetic) on the Jazz hybrid, and the differences between the hybrid and RS are minimal. The White Orchid Pearl and snazzy Phoenix Orange are both new to the range topper.
Interior goodies such as Ultra Seats, Multi-Information Display (MID), touchscreen air condition panels, 6.8-inch infotainment screen and push start button are standard for the Jazz RS. In the safety department, it gets six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and a rearview camera.
Powering this hatchback is the same 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 117 hp and 146 Nm of torque. The seven-speed EarthDreams CVT is also carried over from before, while a manual transmission is offered for the base variant.
The Thai-bound Jazz is available in six variants, beginning with the S manual at 555,000 baht (approximately RM70k) and S CVT at 594,000 baht (RM74.4k). The mid-range V and V+ can be had for 654,000 (RM82k) baht and 694,000 (RM87k) respectively. The RS commands an asking price of 739,000 baht (RM93k) while the RS+ is the priciest among all at 754,000 baht (RM95k).