Apparently, the Civic Type R isn't the only 'hot hatch' Honda is bringing to the Philippines this year. Well, sort of, anyway.
Honda Cars Philippines has just announced that the Jazz RS—as seen in Thailand back in May this year—is entering the local market along with the refreshed version of the hit hatch. Now, we say sort of because while the RS or Road Sailing badge might indicate added performance (as seen in the current Civic RS which packs a turbocharged engine), the Jazz only gets upgraded aesthetics. The Jazz RS isn't a hot hatch per se, but a hot-looking one, rather.
Still, this isn't taking anything away from one of the bestselling subcompact hatchbacks in the country. For those looking for the same practicality and performance with a little extra in the looks department, the added sportiness the new Jazz brings will warrant a separate variant in its own right.
Among the enhancements made to the exterior is a newly-designed front end that features new LED daytime running lights, a sportier front and rear bumper, 16-inch gloss black alloy wheels, gloss black side mirrors, an RS-style spoiler out back, and of course the RS badge planted on the new grille. The interior also gets a different seat design and a three-spoke leather steering wheel with orange stitching.
Also of note is the RS variant's exclusive 'Phoenix Orange Pearl' paint finish. We've seen it in the metal and have to say it suits the hatchback's sporty new looks very well.
You'll also be glad to know that non-RS Jazz units get quite a bit more, too. The Jazz 1.5 CVT and 1.5 VX Navi CVT get new front grilles, front and rear bumpers, and alloy wheel designs. The vehicle now also comes with power folding side mirrors and a new seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system. What's more, top end variants get more tech and convenience, including cruise control and speed sensing door locks.
All Jazz units will still come with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine capable of 118hp and 145Nm mater to either a CVT or five-speed manual transmission. Below are the prices of the RS variant and refreshed Jazz:
*Jazz 1.5 RS Navi CVT – P1,029,000
*Jazz 1.5 VX Navi CVT – P949,000
*Jazz 1.5 V CVT – P849,000
*Jazz 1.5 V MT – P799,000
Is the Jazz RS now the sportiest-looking hatchback in the country? Would you considering paying a little extra for the added looks?
UPDATE as of June 11, 2018: Honda Cars Philippines was the first car manufacturer to reveal its 2018 price list—you know, the one under the new Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. As expected, higher excise taxes mean higher car prices. Almost every model in Honda's Philippine lineup saw a jump in price. Almost. Higher-end vehicles such as the Honda Legend, Honda Pilot and Honda Civic Type R saw no increase. So good for you if you could afford them in the first place. Big news this year is the introduction of the diesel-powered Honda CR-V. Gone are the days when having a diesel engine meant putting up with harsh cabin noise for the sake of fuel economy. Today's oil burners are much more efficient, and the CR-V's Earth Dreams Technology turbodiesel revs up with only the tiniest hint of noise heard inside. Power delivery from the 118hp, 300Nm mill is a bit livelier than expected with a light load, with a slight kick once you hit the power band. Our test netted us 12km/L in heavy city traffic.