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New look (and a new heart) for Honda’s economy champ.
By Max Prince January 14, 2014 / Photos by Max Prince
The Fit first arrived stateside back in 2007, and we’ve noticed that the B-segment hero has been showing its age as of late. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones: Honda has debuted its all-new 2015 Fit at the North American International Auto Show.
The biggest story here is that Honda’s direct-injection 1.5-liter iVTEC makes its US debut in the new Fit. This dual-cam mill gives the subcompact some more pep, with output bumped up to 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque (increases of 13 and 8, respectively). Following its Japanese-spec sibling, a CVT transmission has now been instated in American models to aid fuel economy, which is claimed to be a combined 36 mpg. We’re particularly happy that the Fit has an optional six-speed manual ‘box as well as a 57-lb reduction in curb weight.
Honda is keen to point out that the new Fit is more maneuverable thanks to its stiffer chassis, slightly smaller dimensions, and longer wheelbase, all while offering more cargo space and legroom. Along with revised nose and larger wheels, the Fit’s sportier guise is a welcome change of pace within the stale-bread subcompact market.
Of course, we’d love to see a Mugen edition, but Honda is staying quiet regarding the prospect of an in-house tuner’s special. Expect the 2015 Fit to launch this spring.