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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Honda Jazz facelift has been launched in Australia offering upgrades in safety, specification and styling.

All vehicles are now five-star safety rated by ANCAP, and come standard with six airbags (dual front, side and curtain), stability control and front and rear seatbelt reminders.

From the outside, all models score LED taillights and a revised mesh grille that Honda says has been designed to resemble a “happy face”.

The new interiors now feature USB connectivity and Bluetooth hands-free phone compatibility. A new multi-function trip computer sits in the instrument panel, while the dashboard is now finished in a satin-look plastic.

The mid-spec VTi model scores front and rear sports bumpers, side skirts, ‘Gunmetal’ coloured grille, fog lamps, cruise control and 15-inch alloy wheels (with a full-sized alloy spare).

The range-topping VTi-S gets all of the above, but trades the 15s for 16-inch alloy wheels and adds a rear spoiler.

Two new colours have been added to the range – Polished Metal and Fresh Lime Green – taking the total number of paint options to seven.

Engines and transmissions are unchanged, with the GLi continuing to be powered by a 73kW/127Nm 1.3-litre petrol engine and the other models running a 1.5-litre petrol unit with 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque.

Pricing of the range is largely unchanged, except for the VTi-S automatic, which enjoys a $1000 price reduction to cover the discontinuation of the VTi-S manual variant.

Manufacturer’s list pricing for the 2011 Honda Jazz:

  • GLi manual – $16,990
  • GLi auto – $18,990
  • VTi manual – $19,190
  • VTi auto – $21,190
  • VTi-S auto – $22,690