Honda is giving the Fit a subtle makeover along with an RS version for 2023. The Honda Fit is currently in its 4th generation. The model is also known as Jazz in some markets, including India. In India, Honda sells the 3rd-gen Jazz, and it is highly unlikely that the brand will launch the 4th-gen one in the country. The biggest reason for this is the shift in customer preferences from hatchbacks and sedans to SUVs. This is affecting Honda’s sales figures and market share in India. Thus, Honda’s priority is bringing an SUV to the Indian market.
2023 Honda Jazz Facelift – RS Variant
While many associate RS with fast Audis, Porsches and Fords, things are different when it comes to Honda. Honda usually uses the RS moniker for sportier-looking versions of regular models. Instead, Honda uses the Si and Type-R monikers for the high-performance models. The same applies to the new Jazz RS. However, sources suggest that it could be more powerful than the lower versions of the hatchback.
Since Honda has only previewed the RS variant, there are not many details available. The pictures show that it gets a sportier front bumper with larger air intakes, a red RS badge and a new grille. On the sides, it gets side skirts and a new design for the alloy wheels.
There are a few changes to the interior as well. The Jazz RS gets paddle shifters which control the regen in the e:HEV hatchback along with an RS-exclusive driving mode switch. The latter lets one choose from Normal, Sport and Econ modes. Apart from this, the interiors are almost identical to the regular version. However, the RS gets yellow stitching on the steering wheel for a sportier look.
2023 Honda Jazz – Other Variants & Powertrain
Honda will offer the 2023 Jazz in many different versions in Japan. Including the RS, there will be a total of 6 versions on offer. These are – Basic, Home, Ness, Crosstar, Luxe and the RS. As a part of the 2023 update, Honda has also added its Honda Sensing ADAS features across the range. All versions get an FWD drivetrain as standard. However, the rugged Crosstar variant is also available with AWD.
Powering all the 2023 Honda Fit e:HEV range in the Japanese market is a 1.5-litre ICE motor and two electric motors. The combined output is 109 BHP of power and 253 Nm of torque. According to Honda, it gets from o to 100 kmph in 9.4 seconds and has a top speed of 175 kmph.
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