Honda has pulled the wraps off the facelifted 2017 Jazz, stating that the new model will go official in June. The Honda Jazz is sold as the Honda Fit in Japan.
The Honda Fit facelift was first spied undergoing road tests. Subsequently, parts of the new Fit's brochure was leaked, giving us a better look at the new model's design. Closer to home, details of the facelifted Jazz surfaced a few days before bookings opened.
Up front, the Honda Fit facelift receives a pair of LED headlights and LED front fog lights. The front grille of the Fit now follows the design of the updated City, with a chrome strip extending from the head lights into the grille. The bottom half of the bumper is also new, with Honda adopting a more angular design for the bottom half of the front bumper. Side profile appears to be identical to the outgoing model. As for the rear end, Honda did not provide any official photos of the new Fit, but Honda Malaysia has opened bookings for the new model, with its rear end visible. For the regular Honda Jazz, the rear bumper design is new, as Honda has replaced the two fake inserts on the egde of the rear bumper, replacing it with a sleeker looking inserts. Bear in mind that the design here is for the Japanese market, overseas model including ours may receive a slightly different design.
Visual updates aside, the updated Honda Fit will receive Honda Sensing, a host of driver assistance that includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Collision Mitigation Braking System.
Honda Malaysia is primed to introduce the Jazz facelift in the second quarter of the year. Come third quarter of 2017, Honda Malaysia will introduce the Jazz Hybrid, featuring a 1.5-litre DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a seven-speed DCT. Unlike the older Honda Jazz Hybrid's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, the new Jazz Hybrid will feature Honda's new intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive (i-DCD) Hybrid System, making it a full hybrid system, as opposed to the predecessor's mild hybrid set up.