The all-new 2015 Honda Fit was unveiled today by Honda at the North American International Auto Show.
Set to go on sale in the U.S. this spring, Honda said the new Fit is completely redesigned from the ground up.
“The Honda Fit is a small car with big aspirations. Faster, more fuel-efficient and more fun, it’s a subcompact with larger-than-life-capabilities,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “It’s simply the best Fit to date and, we believe, a new benchmark in the small-car category.”
Honda added the 2015 Fit marks the U.S. debut of an all-new direct-injected 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine generating 130 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 114 pound-feet of torque at 4600 rpm. This represents an increase of 13 horsepower and 8 pound-feet compared to the outgoing engine.
This new engine will be paired to two new transmissions, a 6-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with available paddle shifters. Honda anticipates the Fit to have class-leading EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 33 city / 41 highway / 36 combined for CVT-equipped models.
Retaining a similar exterior footprint to the current model, Honda explained the new Fit is slightly shorter (-1.6 in.) and wider (+0.3 in.) with a longer wheelbase (+1.2 in.), resulting in improved handling and maneuverability. Interestingly, the Fit incorporates a unique center-mounted fuel-tank layout. The new Fit also delivers a significant increase in passenger volume (+4.9 cu ft) and rear legroom (+4.8 in.) compared to the previous model.
All 2015 Fit models will be equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-angle rearview camera, and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror as standard.