All-New Honda Fit Hybrid Revealed
- Honda reveals all-new Fit subcompact
- Honda Fit Hybrid also shown, could reach 50 mpg
- Third-generation Fit to go on sale next summer
Honda has officially pulled the cover off its redesigned Fit and the fuel-efficient Fit Hybrid. The brand says it will show the upcoming Fit later this year at the Tokyo Auto Show, ahead of a U.S. debut sometime next summer.
The Fit's biggest news is its completely new styling. While the 5-door hatchback will retain the same basic shape as today's model, it offers many major differences -- including a new front end, sculpted lines on both sides, and updated wheels. Honda didn't show any photos, but we also expect the Fit's rear end to be redesigned.
The Fit is also likely to receive a new interior with its latest update. Honda didn't reveal any photos of the revised cabin, but we expect it to be even more futuristic than the current Fit's interior.
Of course, updates to the Fit include more than just styling revisions. There's a revised Fit Hybrid model, which could find its way to the U.S. market. Today's Fit Hybrid is sold only in Asia and Europe, while U.S. buyers have the fully electric Fit EV.
If the Fit Hybrid does come to the States, it could reach fuel-economy figures in excess of 50 miles per gallon. It won't require plugging in, like the Chevrolet Volt, and will include a gasoline engine. That's a departure from today's Fit EV, which uses an electric motor and must be plugged in to recharge.
Honda has not yet announced which versions of the Fit will make it to the States -- or if we'll see the Fit Hybrid at all. Two gasoline engines will be offered in Japan: a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder and a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. Expect only the 1.5-liter to reach the U.S. market.
Called the Jazz in other markets, the Fit debuted in the US for the 2007 model year. It was redesigned soon after. We'll find out more details -- including pricing -- as we draw closer to the new Fit's summer 2014 on-sale date.
What it means to you: The new Honda Fit Hybrid -- and the regular, gas-powered Fit -- should be on your shopping list if you plan on searching for a new compact car next summer.