As Japanese carmaker Honda prepares to launch the new facelifted avatar of its popular Jazz hatchback in the international market, more images of the new model have made their way to the web, giving hints at the changes made to the exterior.
The latest images of the new Jazz, which is sold as Fit in some of the international markets, leaked to the web days after the first spy shots of the new Jazz made headlines in the auto world. As seen in the spy shots, the new Jazz also seems to have undergone changes at the front and rear. The facelift is likely to get a redesigned bumper with new grille and headlights. There are also chrome stripes on the grille extending to the headlight of the Jazz.
The fog lamps have taken design changes as well. On the side, the Jazz in its new avatar is likely to remain more or less the same as the current model. However, there could be minor alterations like the newly designed alloys. Moving to the back, the new Jazz could get new rear bumpers with new tail light clusters and spoilers. Obviously, it is not possible to discern details of the interior although rumours indicate changes in the cabin. The Jazz is also likely to get an updated infotainment system and have additional safety features.
As far as the powertrains are concerned, the Jazz is likely to carry over the same engine of the current model. There are reports that Honda might also consider performance version of the Jazz, which could pack a 1.5-litre petrol mill of the City. The said engine has the capacity to churn out a power of 117bhp.
In India, the Jazz hatchback currently packs a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that powers Amaze and Brio. It can generate a power of 90bhp with a torque of 110Nm at 4,800rpm. The other engine, a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor, can pump 100bhp of power and 200Nm torque. The transmission is taken care of by either a five-speed manual or a CVT with paddle shifters in the petrol variants and six-speed manual transmission in diesel Jazz.
The new Jazz is expected to make its debut in the global market in June, followed by its launch in India in the later part of the year.