Honda has launched the updated third-generation Honda Jazz in Thailand, giving it a new front and rear fascia and, for the first time, introducing an RS variant to the lineup.
Externally, the changes to the Jazz are the new front grille, new front and rear bumpers, and new LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL). It’s the new RS variant though that received a handful of new equipment.
In Honda-speak, RS is short for Road Sailing, a badge which Honda gives to its vehicles that have a sporty design “from all angles.” For the new Honda Jazz RS, that means it gets a newly-designed front grille with matching RS emblem, an RS-style front bumper with fog lights and rear bumper, new black side mirrors, and newly-designed seat covers with orange stitching to complement the new Phoenix Orange color.
Other than the exterior updates, everything about the Jazz’s interior and mechanicals are the same, from the 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine that puts out 118 hp and 145 Nm of torque and the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with seven-speed Paddle Shift manual option to the 6.8-inch multi-function touchscreen display with HDMI compatibility and touchscreen climate control system.
What’s interesting to note though about the Thai-market Jazz’s engine is that it’s E85 compatible which means that it can handle a fuel blend that’s composed of 85 percent denatured alcohol fuel and 15 percent gasoline.
Since the Philippine-market Honda Jazz is sourced by Honda Cars Philippines from Thailand, it’s only a matter of time before the upgraded model will be introduced locally.
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