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by Tim Beissmann

Honda UK has revealed a facelifted version of its 2011 Honda Jazz city car, with a slightly remodeled face and engineering upgrades among the key changes.

The new front bumper has been designed to give the Jazz both a fresh look and to reduce drag. Aerodynamic efficiency has increased marginally, with the Cd down from 0.336 to 0.330.

The constantly variable transmission (CVT) has returned to the line-up following “overwhelming customer demand” according to Honda UK. Honda says the high-speed ride has also been improved thanks to revisions to the suspension, leading to a firmer steering feel on the highway.

The 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre (sold as a 1.3-litre in Australia due to its official capacity of 1339cc) engines continue on in the UK, although both are improved slightly in terms of efficiency.

The updated 1.2-litre (not sold in Australia) uses 5.3 litres/100km and emits two fewer grams of CO2 per kilometre – down to 123g/km. Combined cycle fuel consumption from the five-speed manual-equipped 1.4-litre petrol remains at 5.5 litres/100km, while CO2 emissions similarly drop 2g/km.

The all-new Jazz Hybrid – which uses the same electric system as the Insight – offers the sharpest figures, with fuel economy of 4.5 litres/100km and average CO2 emissions of 104g/km. The new CVT is standard on the Hybrid.

The interior benefits from a more premium feel with the availability of leather upholstery. Other features include chrome air vent and instrument highlights, darker dashboard material, and a recline feature on the rear seat, which allows it to tilt back 73mm to increase passenger comfort.

Four new colours are available across the petrol range, while the Hybrid gets two additional unique colours, including the “Vibrant Lime Green Metallic” pictured.

Honda Australia has been contacted in relation to this story and what upgrades the Australian model Jazz will receive. We will update you when we hear back from them.

The revised 2011 Honda Jazz range will go on sale on February 1 in the UK with prices ranging from £11,295 ($18,300) for the entry-level 1.2 to £17,995 ($29,200) for the range-topping Hybrid.




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