Ahead of its Australian exit early next year, the current-generation Honda Jazz’s pricing has been increased, although changes only apply to two of the light hatchback’s three variants.
The entry-level VTi is up $700, to $18,690 plus on-road costs, while the flagship VTi-L has jumped by $500, to $24,490. The mid-range VTi-S is unchanged, at $20,990.
Speaking to CarsGuide, a Honda Australia spokesperson confirmed the Jazz’s latest round of price rises came into effect on September 1.
Standard specification for all three grades of the MG3, Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris rival carried over once more, having been improved in April as part of a MY21 update that introduced a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
For reference, this upgrade came at a $500 cost across the Jazz range, which climbed by another $500 in July when no new features were added. As a result, the VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L have ascended by $1700, $1000 and $1500 respectively this year.
In the two most recent cases, the pricing adjustments were wholly prompted by external forces, including exchange-rate fluctuations.
It’s also worth noting the VTi is no longer available with a five-speed manual, orders for which ceased in March, with remaining stock sold during the second quarter.
That variant was priced from $15,990 when it was discontinued, meaning it was one of the most affordable new vehicles on sale at the time.
As such, the Jazz is exclusively mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), with all three grades powered by an 88kW/145Nm 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that drives the front wheels.
As reported, Honda Australia will not sell the new-generation Jazz, with factors working against its business case including the challenging segment it plays in.
2021 Honda Jazz pricing before on-road costs