The storied Honda Jazz nameplate will end its run in Australia early next year, with Honda adding one last special edition to the lineup to speed things along, while also taking the opportunity to charge $560 more on the two highest grades by deleting the choice of flat paint.
Out now, the Final Edition is based on the base VTi automatic grade (normally $18,690 before on-roads), but gains an exterior styling upgrade to differentiate it from the rest of the range.
Priced from $19,990, the Jazz Final Edition adds gloss black 16-inch alloys and matching black mirror caps, eschewing the VTi's body-coloured mirrors and 14-inch steel wheels and hubcaps. It is available in four of the six colour gamut normally available to Jazz buyers.
Speaking of which, at the same time, metallic paint is now mandatory on the mid-spec VTi-S (from $21,550) and flagship VTi-L ($25,050), meaning an automatic $560 price jump for buyers interested in these versions.
Otherwise, no other alterations apply to the MY21 Jazz, after an already busy year of activity for the uniquely packaged and engineered supermini.
Honda is set to remove itself from the small car segment altogether in 2021.
Honda buyers have had to pay considerably more for the cheapest-available Jazz since the manual version was dropped earlier this year, with the VTi seeing in 2020 from just $14,990, or $16,990 for the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
An April update saw the inclusion of the long-awaited 7.0-inch multimedia touchscreen upgrade that finally brought Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support across the range, followed by the deletion of the VTi manual.
The all-CVT MY21 Jazz range is now priced from $18,690 for the base VTi, and stretches to $25,050 for the flagship VTi-L. As before, all employ a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque to the front wheels.
Honda will not import the new-generation Jazz in 2021, citing “challenges” in the light car segment. One of which will be that it is not produced in Thailand where Honda currently sources much of its lineup from for the Australian market.
The existing Jazz’ sister car, the Honda City sedan, was also axed in early 2020, despite a facelift with a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo VTEC engine producing 90kW/173Nm becoming available in Thailand where it is still produced.