The 2018 Honda Jazz is set to receive a mid-cycle refresh pending its on-sale release later this year. Facelifts of the model were leaked online earlier this month. Soon after the leaks, the automaker released official images of the model on the company’s official website. The Jazz, sold on some markets as the Honda Fit, the hatchback has received mild upgrades as the automaker is careful not to mess with its current design language. The model is set to be unveiled next month in Japan before it makes its way to the rest of the world in the second half of 2017.
2018 Honda Jazz Exterior
According to the images leaked online and those released by the automaker, the Jazz features a number of upgrades. Up front, the Jazz features a prominent “Solid Wing Face” grille and new headlight housings that look sleeker than those of the current model. The front bumper is also new. The bumper features beefed fog light units on either side. Higher trims will have DRLs, power-folding side mirrors as well as turn signals that are placed on side mirror caps.
On the sides, the model features almost an identical look like that of the current model. However, the new model rides on a set of new 15-inch alloy wheels.
The rear fascia, on the other hand, has a prominent spoiler mounted on the roof. The rear also features a new bumper as well as modified taillight clusters. There is also a rear stoplight trim on the tailgate.
The RS trim has more aggressive bumpers and side skirts. The RS also features RS badges on the front grille and on the tailgate, a matte black diffuser, blackened side-mirror caps as well as LED headlights. The model is also available in two-tone, 16-inch alloy wheels.
2018 Honda Jazz Interior
Inside, the Jazz has only received mild changes. Most of the current model’s features will carry over unchanged including the dashboard layout. The model will have new upholstery materials with top trims featuring brown leather upholstery and suede inserts. The area around the gear lever for top models will have a black trim. Top trims will feature a 6.8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a touch-panel for the automatic climate control and a rearview camera. Lower trims will feature a 2-DIN audio system that integrates Bluetooth connectivity. The model will also have a manual air-conditioning system.
For safety, Honda offers the Jazz with the Sensing suite safety package that features lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, ABS, traffic sign recognition and lane-keep assist. The suite will be standard on top trims and optional for lower trims. However, all models will have hill-start assist and vehicle stability assist as standard.
The RS+ adds cruise control, paddle shifters, six airbags as well as a center armrest.
Engine and performance
Engine options remain largely unchanged. The Jazz will still feature a 1.2 L, i-VTEC gasoline mill as well as a 1.5 L, i-DTEC inline-4 diesel mill. Some markets will have a 1.5 L, i-VTEC inline-4. This mill produces 115 hp and 108 lb-ft of torque. On lower trims, the gasoline engine will be powered by a 5-speed manual gearbox while top trims will use a CVT system. The diesel mill, on the other hand, will mate to a 6-speed manual transmission system.
In some markets, the automaker will sell a hybrid Jazz. Powering this hybrid model is a combination of the 1.5 L i-VTEC innile-4 mill backed by an i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) system. The setup is paired with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox that integrates an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The setup produces 135 hp.
Price and release date
Honda did not release official prices of the model along with the images. I believe the model’s price will largely remain close to that of the outgoing versions. As such, expect a starting price of around $15,000. The model will make an official debut in June 2017 in Japan. In the U.S., the Honda Jazz (Fit) will arrive in the market during the second half of this year.