Honda Malaysia has announced the introduction of the Jazz S. The Thai-built variant replaces the Grade V introduced when the facelift debuted here last year and joins the Jazz Hybrid as the two models in the Jazz range. It significantly drops the asking price from the previous RM109,800 to RM99,800 (on-the-road with insurance), bringing it closer to the Hybrid.

Exterior-wise, the Jazz S wears 15-inch alloys (previously, 16-inch), new front and rear bumper, black mesh grille and mud guards, as well as a new blue/black seat fabric. The reduction is pricing has seen the omission of the side sill garnish, exhaust pipe finisher, paddle shift, cruise control and steering wheel audio controls.

It’s still powered by the familiar 120 PS L15A 1.5 litre i-VTEC lump and five-speed auto transmission, and the S retains the array of safety kit, namely Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), dual airbags, ABS, EBD and brake assist.

As for exterior colours, the Jazz S goes with three choices – Brilliant White Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl, the same shades as found on the Grade V previously, with only the signature Brilliant Orange Metallic dropped from the palette.