Honda unveils Fit-based Twist crossover

Article by Christian A., on October 25, 2012

Honda has built a Fit-based crossover dubbed the Honda Fit Twist that it will enter in the subcompact segment in Brazil. In the past, Honda had mentioned that it will develop a Fit-based crossover but before you get your hopes up, this isn’t the one it promised. In fact, the Honda Fit Twist will only be available in Brazil.

The Brazilian motoring public loves their subcompact crossovers, which are actually B-segment hatchbacks modified to appear like butch off-roaders. By adding cladding, flared fenders, bigger wheels/tires, and lifting the ride height, Honda has already built a super-small, incredibly cheap, and extremely efficient SUV-like vehicle.

This type of combination has reaped success in South America, with vehicles like the Volkswagen CrossFox, the Fiat Idea Adventure, and the first-generation Ford EcoSport.

The Honda Fit Twist complies with every aspect of this formula. The Fit Twist will get a slightly more aggressive front bumper fascia, which consists of dark black cladding, a faux skidplate, ovoid fog lamps with bright surrounds, and large, vertical , and likely faux air intakes. The rocker sills, wheel wells, and rear diffuser get matching cladding. As accent, it gets bright trim that is similar to the front skid plate.

In addition, Fit Twists get stylized roof rails, clear tail lamps, a bit more ground clearance, and bigger wheels. Honda has yet to release the technical details about the Fit Twist.

However, we know that Fit hatchbacks are sold in Brazil with either a 1.4-liter or 1.5-liter, 16-valve I-4, together with five-speed manual and automatic transmissions. In many markets, Fits are available in all-wheel-drive form. But it won’t be in this form in Brazil, which means that the Fit Twist would probably only be offered as a front-wheel-drive vehicle.

For 2012, Honda Fit builds on its established strengths. New standard features are made available and all models now highlight new interior upgrades. The Honda Fit Sport for instance features new and updated styling.

The Fit features a compact size with a tight turning diameter of 34.4 feet, curb-to-curb which allows the car to conveniently navigate through small urban areas as well as fit in limited parking spaces. However, despite its compact size, the Fit boasts a versatile and spacious interior which offers convenience to the passengers and a cargo volume that is of a larger vehicle.

This five-passenger car provides the flattest and lowest cargo floor compared to the other subcompact vehicles and it offers a 57.3 cu-ft cargo volume when rear seats are put down. It also has four unique seat configurations which are all designed to house large objects from houseplants to mountain bikes and even surfboards.

Some of its exterior updates include the bumper and front grille’s new design, improved black headlight bezels and alloy wheels finished in dark machine surface in lieu to the previous painted finish. This model maintains the front fascia design of the previous versions but features improved wheel covers and exterior mirrors which now come in the same color with the body.

Its interior features dashboard components in dark metallic for a harmonized color theme which replaced the old black and grey theme. It also highlights added chrome accents all around its instrument displays.

Center beverage holders are also available with ambient lighting to provide easy access and great stability. All models feature as well additional sound insulation measures found in the A-pillars, front fender and floor. The front corner window glass is also made thicker to provide a quieter and more sophisticated cabin environment.

This model now comes in two new hues: Orangeburst Metallic and Blue Raspberry Metallic that replaced the similar colors from the previous year.

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