Honda has been working on a mid-life facelift for the Jazz hatchback for quite some time. Test mules of the said model were formerly spotted testing in Japan and Brazil, pointing towards a nearing unveil. Ahead of the car’s formal launch in its home country Japan, images of the 2018 Honda Jazz facelift have surfaced on the internet, revealing the design variations made to the mid-life update. The leaked images indicate that the new Jazz, which is also sold as the Honda Fit in some international markets, will come with new headlamp housings that appear to be smoother as compared to the ones found on the current model. The front bumper will also be a new unit, with beefed up fog lamp enclosures on both sides. The side profile looks mainly related to the current model, except for a new set of alloy-wheels. The back end is expected to get a prominent roof mounted spoiler, revised taillight clusters and a new bumper. Interior images of the updated Jazz have not been leaked. The leaked images clearly reveal that, save for the front and rear fascias, the hatchback’s exterior design continues without any changes. Like the new City, Jazz facelift will receive bigger and bolder front grille with more chrome in addition to reprofiled front and rear bumpers.
Honda Jazz already has a very efficiently packaged interior and hence we don’t expect any significant changes. The automaker could introduce additional features to enhance the appeal. We expect the existing powertrain lineup to be retained. The India-specification model is available with a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that dishes out 90 PS and 110 Nm of torque, and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor that is good for 100 PS and 200 Nm of torque. The former is available with a 5-speed MT or a CVT while the latter comes mated to a 6-speed MT. various reports speculate that Honda is working on a downsized 1.0-litre turbocharged i-VTEC petrol engine for the Jazz. Honda Jazz’s regular sales presentation in India has been stable but is nowhere close the segment leaders Hyundai Elite i20 and Maruti Baleno. The mid-life refresh would provide the hatchback a shot in the arm but it’s unlikely to put it close enough to threaten the best sellers.