We’ve always believed the Honda Jazz has historically punched below its weight in this region. While the Japanese carmaker’s saloons have been quite popular here, this peppy hatch struggled to do justice to its brilliant credentials and was eventually pulled from the UAE market. Nevertheless, if you have been considering buying the Jazz, there’s hope as a facelifted version has just been revealed ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Changes to the Jazz’s exterior brings it in line with the latest Honda family design language, with the ‘Solid Wing Face’ 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 Jazz also gets a new colour option in metallic Skyride Blue.

The changes aren’t just cosmetic though, with the updated Jazz being equipped with a 1.5-litre engine that makes 130 horsepower. The last model that was sold here had an engine with the same displacement but only made 118 horsepower. However, while that version had a five-speed automatic, the facelifted model will feature a continuously variable transmission. The uprated engine is offered as part of a new Dynamic grade, which adds a thinner front splitter beneath the lower grille, and triple-strake diffuser to the rear bumper finished with a red accent line. This trim also includes LED headlights, front fog lamps, side sill skirts, a tailgate spoiler and gloss-black 185/55 R16 alloy wheels. The interior gets pinstripe pattern on the upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, accented by orange stitching.

Standard equipment includes cruise control, automatic headlights and the City-Brake Active safety system, a 7-inch Honda Connect infotainment system in the higher grades, rear-view parking camera, keyless entry and start, and safety technologies such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The new-look Honda Jazz will be available to order from November across Europe, with deliveries starting in early 2018. It’s not confirmed yet whether Honda Middle East will bring the facelifted Jazz here.