Revealed ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, the latest Jazz gets styling changes that brings it in line with the current Honda family design language, including the signature headlights and grille. The front bumper has been tweaked to look more sculpted than before, while a gloss black trim strip has been added to the rear. 

The changes go beyond cosmetic tweaks, with the 1.5-litre engine now putting out 130 horsepower, as against the 118 horsepower of the last model that was sold here.  While this is a welcome change, we are not particularly enthused by the fact that a continuously variable transmission has taken the place of the old five-speed automatic. We will bring you our verdict on that in one of the coming issues.

Honda also claims the Jazz will be more practical now with added space inside and the flexible seating arrangement offering four different modes.

Apart from the ACE body structure technology that improves occupant protection and crash compatibility, the 2018 Jazz also comes equipped with active safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist, anti-lock brakes, Electronic Brake Distributor and Hill Start Assist among others.

On sale now at all Al-Futtaim Honda showrooms across the UAE, the Jazz retails at Dh63,900.

Meanwhile, Honda Motor Co. Africa and Middle East has also announced the launch of the redesigned  2018 Odyssey J. The facelifted version of the smaller Odyssey gets a redesigned front grille and front bumpers with lower garnish, LED Daytime Running Lights and fog lights along with a set of new 17inch alloy wheels. 

Although more compact than our full-size long-termer, the Odyssey J can accommodate up to 8 passengers in the EX grade and 7 passengers in the EX-V grade with enough space left for your cargo. Power still comes from the 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT, that makes 173bhp and 225Nm of torque.

It also comes equipped with almost all the technology features that the larger Odyssey including six airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation System, Blind Spot Information System, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Pedestrian Detection System.