Japanese car maker Honda has given mid-life facelift to the Jazz hatchback and pictures have been released in Japan. The 2017 model with mild facelift is expected to be launched in India in the second half of this year.
The nip and tuck upfront in the new Jazz is in line with the leaked images last week. The new version get more pronouncing grille. The Honda logo is slightly bigger now. Design of the headlamp has been retouched and front bumper along with fog lamps position has been tweaked to accommodate overall changes. The picture also shows the car with newly designed alloy wheels and ORVM cover in black colour.
Honda is yet to release the picture of the rear of 2017 Jazz. Leaked images indicate a roof mounted spoiler, restyled tail lamp and bumper will be the noticeable changes at the rear.
On the inside, the Japan spec model has been unveiled with the option of a black-brown leather interior, with brown hide on the seats, door cards and steering wheel. The hatchback is also loaded with Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Traffic Sign Recognition. It remains to be seen what features will be carried in the India-spec model.
The current Jazz hatchback in India is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that develops a power of 90bhp with a torque of 110Nm at 4,800rpm. The other engine option is the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel with 100bhp of power and 200Nm torque. The mills are expected to carry over without any changes.
There are reports that Honda might also consider performance version of the Jazz in wake of increased traction for hot hatchbacks in the country. In that case, Honda is expected to plonk 1.5-litre petrol mill of the City in the new Jazz. The said engine has the capacity to churn out a power of 117bhp.