The facelifted Honda Jazz made its world premiere in Setia City last weekend in i-DCD Sport Hybrid form, but participants of the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2017 who were at the KL Convention Centre today to collect their race entry packs were treated to a preview of the petrol variant, in top-spec 1.5 V trim.

Exterior revisions are pretty much identical to the one seen on the Hybrid, featuring a new grille with gloss black inserts along with a redesigned front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights. The rear bumper has also been given a more angular design, while the previous four-cell reverse sensors have been swapped out for a two-cell setup – a change previously seen on the City.

There are a couple of changes not found on its more eco-friendly sibling, however, such as indicators integrated into the side mirrors, as well as the carryover 16-inch alloy wheels – the face is machine-finished as before, but the inside surfaces are now gloss black instead of grey. As on the Hybrid show car, the unit seen here has had the front part of the cabin completely covered up, but one can still see the part-leather seats that are new for the V spec, replacing the previous full-fabric upholstery.

Meanwhile, dealers have begun releasing preliminary specifications and equipment, with the base S model now getting 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).

The mid-spec E now throws in a new discrete 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system (same as the facelifted City), a reverse camera and side airbags (bringing the total airbag count to four), while the V now receives paddle shifters. All models also gain ECON mode which softens the throttle response to improve fuel economy.

Although Honda has yet to reveal technical details regarding the petrol model, the car will likely soldier on with the same 1.5 litre i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that produces 120 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm at 4,600 rpm, mated to an Earth Dream continuously variable transmission (CVT).