Honda has arrived in Detroit with the U.S.-spec version of the redesigned 2015 Fit, which originally debuted last summer as a global market model. Set to roll into showrooms this spring, the new subcompact hatchback will offer significantly improved fuel economy, more standard kit and additional passenger space.
Incrementally shorter (-1.6 in), wider (+0.3 in) and longer of wheelbase (+1.2 in) than the outgoing model, the 2015 Fit's passenger compartment is 4.9 cubic feet roomier than before. The backseat is noticeably more hospitable, gaining 4.8 inches of legroom, but cargo capacity suffers - with the rear seats folded, stowage space is down from 57.3 to a still-respectable 52.7 cubes. Honda's clever multi-configurable "Magic Seat" system returns.
Honda has made a point of being more generous with standard equipment in recent years, and the automaker isn't changing its ways with the Fit: a multi-angle rearview camera and Bluetooth connectivity have been added to the hatch's standard content list. Newly available extras include a seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen, a proximity key and push-button start, a moonroof, heated seats and leather upholstery.
New soft touch materials and upmarket materials have been strategically placed throughout the cabin, which features a blockier, more squared-off dashboard design.
Underhood, the 2015 Fit receives an all-new direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, increases of 13 ponies and 8 lb-ft over the outgoing model. More importantly, fuel economy has shot up, rising from 28/35 mpg with last year's five-speed automatic to 33/41 mpg when equipped with a new CVT. In addition to the CVT, which can be spec'd with paddle shifters, the 2015 Fit will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Honda says that handling benefits not only from the lengthened wheelbase, but also from a reworked suspension with new rear dampers and revised geometry.
Set to be built at Honda's plant in Celaya, Mexico, the 2015 Fit will initially be offered only as a hatchback, but sedan and SUV variants are also planned for the coming years.
Watch for pricing details to be released closer to the 2015 Fit's launch date this spring.
Live images by Mark Elias.