Our friends in Europe have long waited for the Honda Jazz facelift, but it seems it’s all worth the wait because like the US-bound Jazz, they get the Jazz with active safety systems and a more powerful, Euro 6 compliant 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine.
At a glance, the standard Europe Jazz looks no different from what we have here. The model you see here is of the new Dynamic grade, which comes with a more dynamic front bumper with red accent like the Thai-spec Jazz RS, three-strake rear diffuser, LED reflector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, black wing mirror caps, side sill skirts, tailgate spoiler and gloss-black 16-inch alloy wheels. This Metallic Skyride Blue you see here is a new colour option to the Jazz line up.
Inside, the Jazz facelift in its highest trim gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, reverse camera, keyless entry, manual air conditioning, leather wrapped multifunctional steering wheel and fabric seats with contrasting stitching. In comparison, our local-spec Jazz can be had with leather upholstery, touch panel air conditioning and other goodies.
It’s powered by two petrol engines – a 1.3-litre i-VTEC with 102 hp and a 1.5-litre i-VTEC with 128 hp. Both engines come with a six-speed manual as standard while a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is available as an option. The CVT has been revised to deliver a more linear and refined response under acceleration.
Onto the safety system, while our local-spec Jazz is decently equipped, it pales in comparison to what our European friends get. All variants of the Jazz are equipped with City-Brake Active safety system as standard while higher grades come with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition. However, Honda Europe did not disclose whether the full suite of Honda Sensing will be offered.
The new-look Honda Jazz will be available to order from November across Europe, with deliveries starting in early 2018.