A Honda spokesman told us: “People here in Brazil like cars that are a bit tougher. We’ve made it tougher and sportier so it’s aimed at younger customers.”
Despite the plastic cladding and chunkier bumpers, which give the Jazz the look of a mini-crossover, nothing has been done to the suspension.
“Raising the car means you lose stability in the corners, and customers tell us they love the way the Fit drives so we’ve kept it the same – this car is just an image change.”
Unfortunately UK buyers won’t be able to get their hands on a Twist version of the Jazz, as this is strictly a Brazilian market-only model.
However the Jazz Si, based on the 1.4 ES model with firmer suspension and styling tweaks, was revealed back in July and offers UK customers a sportier take on the popular mini-MPV.