There has been some excitement when Honda revealed it was redesigning the Fit. Dubbed as the Jazz in other markets, the excitement was upped further when a brochure released for the Japanese market revealed some grainy images.
A clearer set of high quality photos though has been leaked and shows what the changes are. Based on the images, it appears that no big changes were done but the small improvements did make it appear new and fresh.
On the rear section for example, the taillights continue to have the same form but the addition of LEDs positioned vertically help give it that style. While the photos do not really reveal if any change was done on the bumper, it won’t be surprising to know that considering the initial impression, there will only be subtle modifications. On the front, the Fit now appears to be more like the Civic. Its grille has a thick crossbar and under it is the small grille. The headlights have been redesigned as well and have the L-shaped running lights which utilize LED. Its fascia has been updated as well and now puts more focus on the fog lights especially as it makes larger niches at the corners.
Despite the leaked photos though, it is unclear how the cabin of the JDM Fit Hybrid would actually appear. However, customers in the Japanese market can expect to have the leather upholstery in a two-tone black and brown combination. From the Indian Autos Blog, we learned that the redesigned Fit will be offering the driver assistance suite. It will have adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, pedestrian collision mitigation, and even traffic sign recognition.
Some good news for Japanese customers though is the fact that the powertrain range will remain the same. It will likely have the four-cylinder 1.5-liter engine fitted inside that is capable of 130 hp with peak torque of 114 lb.-ft.
Honda revealed that the refreshed Fit will make its official debut in Japan by June. While there is yet no word on when it will arrive in the U.S. market, it could likely be towards the end of 2017.
Sales of the Honda Fit in the U.S. have so far been flat. For the months of January to April for example, 16,773 units were delivered. Though this may appear to be a good amount, this is only better by 0.8% compared to the same period in 2016, which recorded 16,645 deliveries.
The updated Fit debuts in Japan in June. It’s not clear yet when the tweaks might arrive in the United States, but the refreshed hatchback could hit the market before the end of the year.
Though the actual price has yet to be released for this redesigned Fit, it is possible that it won’t be too far away from the current price of $16,965 (which includes destination charges).