Honda unveiled the all-new 2014 Fit Hybrid and announced that the new car will go on sale in Japan this September. According to the official press release, the 2014 Honda Fit Hybrid is the first model from the Japanese manufacturer to be equipped with the SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD).
For those who don’t know, this is Honda’s lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system suited for small-sized vehicles. Under the hood there is a four-cylinder 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle (high expansion ratio cycle) engine, which is bolted to a 7-speed DCT system with a built-in high-output motor, and IPU (intelligent power unit) equipped with a built-in lithium-ion battery.
Moreover, the electric servo brake system increases electrical regenerative efficiency, while the fully-electric compressor reduces engine load. As a result, fuel consumption is improved by more than 35% compared to a current IMA hybrid system.
The 2014 Fit Hybrid offers three driving modes: EV Drive Mode for motor driving only, Hybrid Drive Mode for both engine and motor driving and Engine drive mode for engine only driving. Honda says that the new Fit Hybrid features the highest fuel economy among all hybrid models in Japan (2.7 liters/100 km or 85.6 mpg).