Honda unveils the all-new 2014 Fit/Jazz Hybrid

Article by Christian A., on July 20, 2013

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).

Exterior Design

The all-new Honda Fit showcases a fresh and sporty style to highlight its enhanced power and handling. Its aerodynamic and purposeful design incorporates powerful lines that flow from front to rear, around the sides, and over the hood and the roofline. These lines start at the front bumper's forceful X-shape, with its top V-lines splitting to wrap around the headlights' lower edge and running over the hood.

Moreover, the car's strong character lines in its hood smoothly carry up its A-pillars to the forward roof peak and then taper down to its rear roofline spoiler. Meanwhile, the inverted V lines of the bottom part of the X also split, framing the lower side fascia pods housing the EX and EX-L trims' fog lights.

The lines at the lower air intake flare back's edge, which exhibit a planted and powerful look, expand in a wedge so as to encompass the arch for the rear wheel and also ride over the car's wheel-accentuating front fenders. Additionally, a mid-height chiseled line appears from the front wheel then runs in a line through the door handles, expanding around the taillight.

Above the car's front bumper is a commanding solid grille as well as a low headlight design that creates a seamless, one-motion surface, which continues with a linear flow over the car's hood, windshield, and roof. Moreover, a planted bottom edge keeps the design securely from the car's lower air intake back to the road.

All these lines culminate into a substantial multi-horizontal form at the rear and tidy rear diffuser. The roofline spoiler as well as the rear window's forward slant accentuates the strength of the car's rear styling.

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