More powerful 2023 Honda Jazz RS e:HEV breaks cover

Honda Jazz is also sold as Honda Fit in select international markets.

After revealing the fourth-generation Honda Jazz (also known as Honda Fit internationally) back in 2019, Honda has now previewed the updated, ‘RS’-spec version of the family hatchback. However, before you get your hopes up, it isn’t a fully-fledged hot hatch which is usually the case for RS models from brands like Audi and Ford. Although, the company has managed to give the car a powerful powertrain which also makes it faster than the standard version.
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Seen here is the JDM-spec model which will be made available in four trim levels – Basic, Home, Luxe, Crosstar, and RS. Since this is only supposed to be a preview, the company has not rolled out details of the technical specifications of the model yet. However, it is known to be plonked with a hybrid setup which represents the sole powertrain available on the Euro-spec Jazz. The combined output from this system stands at 107 bhp (80 kW) and 253 Nm (187 lb-ft) of torque. And as far as performance goes, it crosses the 0-100 kmph sprint in 9.4 seconds and tops out at 175 km/h.

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The Japanese auto giant is claiming more power, as well as improved acceleration responsiveness, from this model. In addition to this, there is also a Fit RS-exclusive driving mode switch which can be used to choose from Normal, Sport, and Econ. Moreover, this specific model also gets a deceleration selector represented by paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. This functionality controls the level of regenerative braking on the car, similar to the Honda Clarity.

This is unlikely to be launched in the Indian market anytime soon.

Stay tuned to Times Drive for more updates from the international market.


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