Malaysia’s hottest CBU hatchback has just undergone a mid-life facelift. This was pretty much expected since rival company Toyota launched the Toyota Yaris hatch a few months ago, so Honda has to do it’s part to keep the Jazz fresh, lest it loses market share to the Yaris. The new Honda Jazz facelift was launched yesterday night at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara at Laundry Bar. Want to know what’s new with the new Honda Jazz facelift? Check out more details after the jump.
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With this new Honda Jazz facelift, the physical difference between the i-DSI and the VTEC models have become much more apparent, as the Honda Jazz VTEC now receives an aerokit installed from factory.
The new Honda Jazz VTEC gets new body colour coordinated head lamps, a new bumper design with integrated fog lamps and retractable wing mirrors with signal lamp indicators. The car rides on a new multi spoke 15 inch wheel design. The Honda Jazz I-DSI doesn’t have the new head lamps and it’s new bumper has no fog lamps, and it also doesn’t have the new integrated signal lamp wing mirrors.
Both the new Honda Jazz VTEC and the new Honda Jazz i-DSI gain new rear brake lamps lit up by LED instead of a conventional bulb. Other rump changes include a redesigned rear bumper. So from the outside, Malaysia’s new Honda Jazz facelift is similiar to the Thailand facelift I covered earlier.
On the inside, the Honda Jazz VTEC gets a new self illuminated meter panel, much like the one you have on the Honda City. It also gets a new shift knob for the 7-speed CVT gearbox. No changes on the interior for the i-DSI model here.
As for color options, the classic red Jazz that you see everywhere is no more – red has been taken out of the colour range. Replacing the red colour is the Honda Jazz’s new “flagship” colour – Royal Blue. This blue has even replaced the little dot on the top of the J in the Honda Jazz logo. Other than Royal Blue, you can also get the new Jazz in Nighthawk Black Pearl and Alabaster Silver Metallic. For those that insist on Hondas being white in colour, although there’s no Honda Championship White, you can have the Honda Jazz VTEC in Brilliant Pearl White while the Jazz I-DSI has a different white called Taffeta White.
Honda plans to sell 150 units of the Honda Jazz per month, with 60% of the sales comprising of the VTEC model. The new prices are RM94,800 for the Honda Jazz 1.5 i-DSI and RM103,800 for the Jazz 1.5 VTEC, which means the Honda Jazz i-DSI price remains unchanged by the Jazz 1.5 VTEC goes up by RM1,000.