The Japanese automotive giant Honda Motor Company has given its fourth-generation Honda Jazz a facelift in Japan, less than three years after its debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The hatchback named the Fit in Japan, will be offered in five trim levels, while the previous Ness will be discontinued. The current designs available are the Basic, Home, Luxe, and Cross-Star, with a new RS option replacing the Ness. Each version keeps distinguishing stylistic aspects, with the RS emphasising sportiness.
In terms of the exterior design, the new facelifted RS iteration of the Fit boasts a new front bumper with side inlets and a lower intake that is larger than before. It also gets a diamond-mesh grille along with more aggressive wheels. Also the exterior styling includes red RS emblems and deeper side sills.
The Basic, Home, and Luxe all three variants of the new Fit receive a redesigned front bumper that forgoes the C-shaped parts at the corners in favour of a simpler appearance. The Luxe adds additional chrome accents at the rocker panels and contrast side mirrors, while the Home receives a chrome accent for its grille to distinguish it from the Basic. Crosstar, a crossover-inspired vehicle, gets a new mesh grille insert that is modelled by the most recent HR-V, and the lower grille has a coloured frame added to it. In order to contrast the black body cladding, which has been preserved along with the trapezoidal-shaped front parts, the side sills also receive a more prominent trim piece.
Moving on the inside, the RS features a leather steering wheel with contrast stitching, paddle shifters to regulate the amount of regenerative braking, and a driving mode selection (with settings for Normal, Sport, and Econ) in place of the instrument cluster dimmer. A nine-inch infotainment touchscreen and a seven-inch digital instrument cluster are still there in the remainder of the interior, suggesting that nothing else has changed.
According to Honda of Japan, the new Fit will come equipped with the e:HEV system, which is said to be optimised to give higher motor output and enhanced accelerator response. The e:HEV system with Honda’s i-MMD (intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) technology was installed in the Jazz before the facelift, and it included a front-mounted electric motor with 109 PS and 253 Nm of torque. A battery that powers the electric motor is generated by a 1.5 litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine (98 PS and 127 Nm), which can also offer direct drive at higher speeds using a lock-up clutch. This is the same setup that is currently employed in the Honda City e:HEV.
Sadly, Honda will not be bringing the new Jazz to India as recently the company announced that it will discontinue the sporty hatchback in India. The company also announced that it will stop producing and selling its premium hatchback WR-V and the fourth generation City in the Indian market as well. After discontinuing the three products, Honda Cars India will be left with only three more vehicles in its lineup and a very small market share in the nation. The left models in the Indian portfolio of the company will be the City Hybrid, the fifth generation City, and the entry-level sedan Amaze.