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Honda Jazz gets makeover and new 130PS engine (gallery)

6 New Honda Jazz

Honda has given the Jazz hatchback a dynamic makeover and a 130PS engine as part of an update due to reach UK showrooms early next year.

Unveiled ahead of a public debut a September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the updated Jazz will feature a 130 PS 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine for the first time in Europe, with order books set to open in November.

The new petrol engine complies with stringent Euro 6 emissions standards and claims fuel economy of 52.3 mpg and CO2 emissions from 124 g/km when combined with the Jazz’s optional CVT automatic transmission.

A statement issued by Honda revealed that exterior changes are intended to align the Jazz with the latest Honda family style, incorporating the ‘Solid Wing Face’ headlight signature and grille.

The front bumper is sharply sculpted, with more aggressive contours around the air vents, it said.

At the rear, shallower grille sections are linked by a gloss black trim strip above a trapezoid lower section. Updates to the exterior are rounded off by the addition of metallic Skyride Blue as a new colour option.

The new, 1.5-litre engine comes with a new Dynamic grade, which adds a thinner front splitter beneath the lower grille, and triple-strake diffuser to the rear bumper.

Dynamic grade also includes LED headlights, front fog lamps, side sill skirts, a tailgate spoiler and gloss-black 185/55 R16 alloy wheels.

A 102 PS 1.3 i-VTEC petrol engine will continue to be available across all Jazz trim levels, apart from the new Sport grade.

Standard equipment on the Jazz includes cruise control, automatic headlights and the City-Brake Active safety system.

Higher grades feature a seven-inch Honda Connect infotainment system, rear-view parking camera, keyless entry and start, as well as advanced safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition.

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