What is it? With a sportier and more substantial look, better handling, increased power and fuel economy, and added features, Honda is aiming to build on the Fit’s strengths while broadening its appeal to for a wider audience.
The new Fit retains the tall, upright greenhouse that gives the current version its great visibility, along with the versatile rear seat that folds flat or out of the way for cargo. Overall length has been trimmed by 1.6-inches, but a slightly longer wheelbase allows for a more spacious interior with improved rear leg room. Available new amenities include a Moonroof, heated mirrors and seats, push-button start, leather seats, and a seven-inch touchscreen interface with HondaLink smart phone connectivity. Bluetooth will be standard. Honda says to expect a 13-hp boost to 130-hp from the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, along with increased performance and fuel economy. The carmaker says to expect 36-mpg overall and 41-mpg highway from a new continuously variable automatic transmission. A six-speed manual will also be available. The company also plans to introduce one or more SUV-type models based on the Fit, such as previewed by the Urban SUV Concept. At least one Fit-spinoff will include a hybrid variant using Honda's new i-DCD full-hybrid system.
CR's take: Whenever we test a new small car, it always gets compared to a Honda Fit. That's because every version of the Fit that we've driven has delivered an impressive blend of space, efficiency, sportiness, and value. It sets a high standard. We hope the next-generation Fit lives up to the reputation, but based on the automaker's hit-or-miss launch history (ahem, Civic), there is no guarantee.
When will it be available? Spring 2014