Honda may have unveiled the facelifted Jazz here and in Japan first, but Thailand is the first market in the world to actually be able to buy it. The refreshed B-segment hatchback goes on sale there today, with updated looks and a host of added equipment.

The revised exterior design would be familiar to us already, given that we’ve seen both the petrol and Hybrid models. There’s a new grille, revised front and rear bumpers and a new design for the smaller 15-inch alloy wheels. However, the Thai market also gets a sportier-looking RS model, which is now further differentiated from the standard variants.

Changes to range-topping trim include a more aggressive front bumper design as seen on the Japanese-market model, along with side skirts and a deeper rear bumper complete with a black diffuser. Also fitted are new full-LED headlights, carryover 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels, RS badging on the front grille and rear tailgate and new black door mirror caps.

The interior sees far fewer updates, limited to orange stitching on RS models that match the new, exclusive Phoenix Orange Pearl exterior colour. However, all models now receive Bluetooth connectivity, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA) as standard.

The Jazz continues to be offered in Thailand in five variants, including S, V, V+, RS and RS+ trims. Kit count on the base S includes 15-inch steel wheels, black fabric upholstery, a two-din radio/CD head unit, four speakers and dual airbags. The V model throws in LED daytime running lights, alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, power-folding door mirrors, a multi-info display and front map lights.

Plumping for the V+ variant nets you touch-panel auto climate control, a 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a reverse camera, while the RS model adds door mirror-mounted indicators, paddle shifters, cruise control, an armrest with storage and six speakers. The RS+ is the only one with six airbags.

Under the bonnet, the unchanged 1.5 litre i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine (E85-compliant in Thailand) produces 117 PS at 6,000 rpm and 146 Nm of torque at 4,700 rpm. The S variant gets the option of either a five-speed manual or a CVT, while the rest of the range is only available with the latter.

Pricing starts at 555,000 baht (RM69,800) for the S manual, rising up to 594,000 baht (RM74,700) for the S CVT, 654,000 baht (RM82,300) for the V, 694,000 baht (RM87,300) for the V+ and 739,000 baht (RM92,900) for the RS. The RS+ variant tops out at 754,000 baht (RM94,800).