Honda Motor Company unveiled its third-generation Fit compact model during the 2014 North American International Auto Show earlier this month.
The redesigned 2015 Fit will go on sale this spring and will replace the current model which has been on the market since 2008.
With a combined fuel-economy of 36 mpg, Honda says the new Fit will unseat the 2014 Nissan Versa Note as the most fuel-efficient B-car in available in the U.S. The Note gets an estimated, combined 35 mpg.
The redesigned Fit will feature a 1.5-liter direct-injection DOHC 4-cylinder engine that delivers 130-hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The Fit CVT will feature paddle shifters and there will be an optional 6-speed manual transmission available on the other trim levels.
New rear dampers and a redesigned suspension will give the 2015 Fit a quieter, more comfortable ride
Honda has increased its use of ultra-high-tensile strength steel to make the Fit’s body lighter and more rigid than the current model. The automaker predicts that the new Fit will receive high scores in both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests.
The redesign involved shaving 1.6” from the Fit’s overall length while increasing the wheelbase 1.2”. Cabin space has been dramatically increased by 4.9 cubic feet and there’s an additional 4.8’ of legroom compared to the current Fit. Although cargo space has been trimmed in the 2015 model, Honda claims it will still be the best of any competitor in the segment.
Honda is making a number of upgrades to the interior, including the increased use of soft-touch materials and Bluetooth connectivity standard. Standard safety features will include a multi-angle rearview camera, and an expanded view driver’s side mirror.
The 2015 Fit will be available with optional leather seating, and other optional features will include push-button start-stop, heated seats and side mirrors, and a HondaLink compatible 7-inch touchscreen.
The 2015 Fit will be assembled at Honda’s Celaya Mexico plant and production is scheduled to begin next month.