Honda will once again shock the subcompact segment with its redesigned 2015 Fit that boasts of best-in-class passenger and cargo space, more power and a 41-mpg fuel economy. The subcompact also boasts of class-above standard features like roofline spoiler, LED taillights, Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera – all for just a base price that is just $100 more than the current model.
All models are powered by a new 1.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC+VTC valve and timing control that provides 130 hp of output and 114 pound feet of torque that returns an EPA-rated 33/41/36 mpg (city/highway/combined) for the LX version paired to Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
2015 Honda Fit’s practicality and fuel efficiency is well complemented with rich features, high-quality interior and driving enjoyment – combined with greater versatility upgraded technology and luxury features. Its center-mounted fuel tank contributes to its versatility while its Magic Seat allows for spacious and comfortable seating for five people and more cargo room, even for long and tall items.
The new Fit boasts of an interior that is 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume and a 4.8-inch longer rear seat leg room – considering that its exterior footprint has become more compact with a 1.6-inch decrease in overall length. The Honda Fit boasts of a more rigid yet lighter subcompact platform thanks to a space-efficient new body structure sitting on a new chassis.
It is underpinned by an architecture that has a longer wheelbase. The subcompact also features improvements to front and rear suspension and steering systems resulted to enhanced overall driving dynamics. This new frame structure, including Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) front body structure also boosts safety performance.
Fit’s new Earth Dreams Technology engine prides of increased power, torque and throttle response and can be mated to one of two newly developed transmissions – a 6-speed manual and all-new CVT with G-Shift Control.
Fit’s 1.5-liter engine features direct fuel injection, reduced weight and friction, hiked compression ratio. The subcompact’s 6-speed manual gearbox features closer ratios to boost performance and a wider overall ratio range to enhance fuel efficiency.
The CVT, meanwhile, improves engine responsiveness through smoother acceleration while enhancing fuel efficiency with a wider ratio range and lessened internal friction. Honda will start selling the 2015 Fit nationwide on April 14, 2014, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) that starts at $15,525 (LX trim with 6-speed manual transmission).
The fresh and the athletic style on the new 2015 Honda Fit is able to highlight the improved power and handling. Both the model’s purposeful design and aerodynamics have been integrated through the use of the powerful lines that begin on the front and goes over the hood and the roofline plus around the sides before ending in the rear. Specifically, the lines start at the front bumper and form what can be described as a rather forceful X-shape.
On top of this X are the V-lines which split in order to surround the headlights’ lower edge and go above the hood. The strong character lines present in the hood are then transmitted in a smoother manner up the A-pillars before going to the roof peak that has been positioned more forward. After that, it narrows down to the color-matched roofline spoiler in the rear.
In addition, the inverted bottom V lines also split in order to frame the angular lower side fascia pods. According to Honda, these are the same features that house the fog lights not only for the EX trim but for the EX-L too. The lines that are at the edge of the lower air intake flare back and are more pronounced, allowing the new Fit to have a more planted and powerful appearance.
These same lines go over the wheel-accentuating front fenders before moving forward and expanding in a wedge in order to include the wheel arch in the rear. Looking at the front wheel, there is a mid-height chiseled line that springs from it before scoring a line through the handles of the door and later expanding around the model’s taillights.
On top of the bumper in the front, there is that solid grille that has a commanding presence. Meanwhile, the headlight has been placed on a lower position to result in a one-motion smooth surface that continues with that integrated linear flow over the hood, then the windshield, and after the roof. Starting from the lower air intake back, having a planted bottom edge ensures that the design is securely fastened to the road.
As mentioned, all of said lines converge in the rear end to result in a multi-horizontal substantial shape and a tidy diffuser. Highlighting just how strong the style of the rear are the rear window’s forward slant and the roofline spoiler.
Combination taillights increase powerfully to an angular form where the reflectors rise to the model’s roof. Meanwhile, the lights are balanced by the region under the bumper in the rear through the edge flare that has the same yet inverted form. Between the solid hatch of the window in the rear is a solid bar garnish the mirrors the design of the front grille allowing for that unified feel. For the EX and the EXD-L trims, this garnish comes in rich chrome.