It was always quite obvious that the Honda Fit did not gain significant market piece in the U.S. where larger vehicles are more popular. For the 2015 Honda Fit we are getting slightly larger vehicle that could offer bit more for drivers in the U.S.
This vehicle was more popular in the Europe but the U.S. market and buyers here are increasing their interest in smaller vehicles like this mainly because of its lower price and fuel economy that has become one of the main factors when buying new car. With improvements that we are getting Japanese company will try to boost sale results and reach numbers of highly popular vehicles like Accord, Civic and others.
News About Honda Fit
This vehicle was officially launched few months ago for the Japanese Domestic Market and now the 2015 Honda Fit is presented at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. Same model will be sold globally on all other markets but it does offer slightly larger body and more room that should positively affect the sale numbers on U.S. market.
This redesigned model comes with more aggressive styling more room in interior and larger footprint on the road. Another big change is the fact that this vehicle will be produced at the Celaya, Mexico where Honda has the factory and where it will build Vezel crossover also.
For Japanese market we were getting vehicle with hybrid powertrain while this one will be offered with 1.5 liter Earthdreams 1.5 liter four cylinder engine that is refined with i-VTEC valve timing technology and direct injection. This allows total power to be boosted to 130 hp and 114 pound feet of torque which compared to currently available model is increase of 13 hp and 8 pound-feet of torque.
Power can be transferred to the front wheels either through a six speed manual transmission or continuously variable transmission. With CVT this car will return 33/41/36 mpg in city/highway/combined drive cycle. It does represent slight improvement but we would like also to see hybrid model delivered to the U.S. market.
Entire car is slightly lighter and more refined when we are comparing powertrains. Frame has been changed and is lighter and more rigid than before. It is expected that the top ratings from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will be received.
2015 Honda Fit Release Date
There are no official information’s about price of this car but we do expect to remain quite similar to the previous generation model which was priced at about $ 15.000. As a release date in the press release that we have received about the 2015 Honda Fit we did not get exact date just that it should be offered during this spring.