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Honda Malaysia has announced a new paint colour for the Honda Jazz. Carnival Red joins the existing New Tinted Silver, Taffeta White, Crystal Black Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic to make it five colour options.

Note that Carnival Red is a different shade of red compared to the Dark Ruby Red Pearl that was added to the Honda City colour options late last year. It should be less maroon and more vibrant, but we’ll see.

Colour aside, the base S grade now gets a gloss black grille with chrome plating (previously flat black) and there’s also chrome for the rear license plate garnish. The entry-level variant also receives power adjustable door mirrors; yes, it was previously manual.

“We have observed that the Jazz is attracting a new group of young customers mainly tertiary students and young adults who are looking to own their first car. Research has shown that the colour red was depicted to be fresh, vibrant and young. We are pleased to introduce the Jazz in Carnival Red, which is a perfect combination of fun and practicality. The vibrant and striking colour complements the versatile lifestyle of the young customers perfectly,” said Honda Malaysia MD and CEO Yoichiro Ueno.

The third-gen Jazz was launched locally in July 2014, and Honda Malaysia has sold 26,126 units of the versatile B-segment hatchback as of December 31, 2015. Powered by a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine with 120 PS/145 Nm and a CVT gearbox, the Jazz is available in three variants – S, E and V, with Modulo and Mugen options.

Latest 2016 prices start from RM73,800 for the S, rising to RM81,000 for the mid-spec E. The range topping V is yours for RM89,400, all OTR with insurance.

GALLERY: Honda Jazz V grade