The 2015 Honda Fit is the latest and greatest in the line of fun and funky five-doors from the Japanese automaker. The latest Fit looks to increase power and fuel economy for a more engaging and dynamic drive, while maintaining the practicality and versatility the Fit is known for.
The powertrain of this new Honda is comprised of all-new engines and transmissions, and the entire body has been redesigned and revised to improve stiffness and reduce NVH. The new 2015 car is shorter overall than its predecessor but features an increased wheelbase to improve interior dimensions.
This new car has just been unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show and we have all the details here for you. Read on to see if it has what it takes to beat its older self.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda Fit.
The overall look of the new 2015 Honda Fit is sleeker and more modern than the current car. The new front grille is large and sporty, giving the Fit a more aggressive presence. We like that Honda has moved the standard wheel size up to 16-inches as this gives the 2015 Fit better proportions and will hopefully improve ride comfort.
The overall length of the 2015 Fit has been shrunk by 1.6-inches over the last-generation car, but it features a 0.3-inch increase in width a 1.2-inch stretch in wheelbase. The result is a car that is more compact, provides better maneuverability and features more interior space.
Thanks to that wheelbase stretch, the 2015 Honda Fit gains almost 5 cubic feet of passenger space, and rear seat passengers seat a legroom increase of 4.8-inches. When you need more space for cargo, you can fold the seats to create a class-best 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
Standard equipment on the 2015 Fit has also been increased to make it an even better value for buyers. When it hits showrooms, the Fit will be the only car in the class that comes with Bluetooth connectivity as standard.
Available features for the new Fit will include smart entry with a push-button starter, Honda’s LaneWatch system and a seven-inch touchscreen controlled audio system. For the first time in its history, the Fit will even be available with leather seating, adding a touch of luxury and class to the cabin.
The drivetrain of the 2015 Honda Fit is comprised of all-new components. The heart of the Fit is a brand new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. This DOHC unit features direct injection and Honda’s i-VTEC technology to produce 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque — a 13-horsepower and 8 pound-feet increase over the 2013 model. Apart from being more powerful than the outgoing engine, the new unit weighs less and features increased efficiency.
Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or a CVT. When equipped with the CVT, fuel economy is anticipated to be 33 mpg city, 41 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined. If those numbers prove true, the Fit will be the most economical car in the class.
|Drivetrain Specifications||Engine||1.5-Liter i-VTEC Four-Cylinder|
|Output (HP @ RPM)||130 @ 6500|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||114 @ 4600|
|Fuel Economy (City / Highway / Combined)||33 / 41 / 36|
Ford’s compact hatch has been making huge waves since the refreshed model debuted. Available in both sedan and hatch body styles, the Fiesta is not as practical as the Fit, but it offers buyers more choices. For the speed inclined among you, Ford also offers the high-powered Fiesta ST, a car that Honda has no competitor for.
Gallery Ford Fiesta
The Mazda2 focuses more on fun driving than overall practicality than the Fit. It features a less powerful engine, and much smaller overall size. The Mazda 2 does have a lower eight which makes for a more engaging drive, and it also rings in with a much lower price tag. Only time will tell if buyers find Honda’s increased interior equipment is worth the price premium.
Honda finally gave the fit exactly what it needed: a body and engine to match wits with the best in its class. This may give the Fit the means to overtake the Fiesta and the MAzda2. Unfortunately, Honda did not release a higher-performance model to take on the Fiesta ST, but we can still hope.
- Finally, a body that doesn’t look stuck in the year 2000
- Big power boost was much needed
- Better fuel economy is always nice in a small hatchback
- Still a little boring in our eyes
- C’mon, Honda give the lil guy the SI treatment
Gallery Honda Fit
Honda Introduces All-New 2015 Fit at North American International Auto Show Automatic word wrap
- More powerful, refined and fuel-efficient Fit set to launch this springAutomatic word wrap
- All-new U.S. model showcases dynamic styling and upgraded interior packed with class-leading features and technologyAutomatic word wrap
- Earth Dreams™ Technology engine and transmissions deliver heightened fun-to-drive performance and class-leading fuel efficiency
DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2014 – Honda unveiled the all-new 2015 Fit at the North American International Auto Show today. Set to go on sale in the U.S. this spring, the new Fit is completely redesigned from the ground up to deliver an unparalleled combination of style, interior space, fun-to-drive performance and fuel efficiency plus leading-edge safety and vehicle connectivity.
“The Honda Fit is a small car with big aspirations. Faster, more fuel-efficient and more fun, it’s a subcompact with larger-than-life-capabilities,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “It’s simply the best Fit to date and, we believe, a new benchmark in the small-car category.”
Modern Styling with Class-Leading Packaging
The 2015 Fit debuts with a sleek, modern and sporty exterior style. A more aggressive front fascia showcases a new grille and headlight design. A strong character line runs along the side of the Fit, emphasizing the vehicle’s aerodynamic profile. Larger 16-inch tires outfitted with a new 5-spoke wheel design give the Fit a planted and sporty stance. In the back, rear reflectors and LED taillights run along the hatch with a chrome tailgate garnish and rear diffuser, all contributing to the Fit’s more substantial and dynamic appearance.
Retaining a similar exterior footprint to the current model, the new Fit is slightly shorter (-1.6 in.) and wider (+0.3 in.) with a longer wheelbase (+1.2 in.), resulting in improved handling and maneuverability. Inside, the Fit builds on its already class- leading interior space, airy cabin and large greenhouse thanks to an all-new efficient platform that incorporates a unique center-mounted fuel-tank layout. The new Fit also delivers a significant increase in passenger volume (+4.9 cu ft) and rear legroom (+4.8 in.) compared to the previous model. With the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat® offering multiple configurable seating positions, the Fit provides an unrivaled 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row seats are folded flat. With an overall height of 60 inches, the Fit allows for easy loading of items into the rear cargo and ingress/egress for passengers.
Enhanced Interior and Technology Features
The 2015 Fit will deliver above-class interior refinement and features while offering value at every trim level. All 2015 Fit models will be equipped with class-leading standard features including Bluetooth® connectivity, a multi-angle rearview camera, and Expanded View Driver’s Mirror. For customers looking for premium features in the subcompact segment, Fit will be available with smart entry with push-button start, heated side mirrors, a moonroof, heated front seats, Honda’s exclusive LaneWatch™ display and a 7-inch Display Audio1 touchscreen interface with HondaLink™ smartphone connectivity. Soft touch and premium materials are used throughout and, for the first time, the Fit will be offered with available leather-trimmed seating. Improved Performance, Efficiency and Safety
Improved Performance, Efficiency and Safety
The 2015 Fit marks the U.S. debut of an all-new direct-injected1.5-liter DOHC i- VTEC engine. Generating 130 horsepower2 at 6500 rpm and 114 lb.-ft. of torque2 at 4600 rpm, engine output is increased by 11 horsepower and 8 lb.-ft. compared to the outgoing engine, while reducing weight and improving efficiency. Paired to two new transmissions, a slick-shifting 6-speed manual or a sporty and fuel-efficient Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with available paddle shifters, the Fit powertrain offers superior acceleration and passing performance and is anticipated to have class-leading3 EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 33 city/41 highway/36 combined4 (CVT-equipped models).
Complementing the new powertrain is a revised chassis that provides for improved handling, ride comfort and NVH. A more rigid body, new rear dampers and revised suspension geometry notably enhance the 2015 Fit’s ride quality and fun-to- drive handling characteristics.
The 2015 Fit benefits from the most extensive use of ultra-high strength steel in the model’s history, providing increased body stiffness while reducing platform (underbody and chassis) weight by 57 pounds versus the outgoing model. Equipped with the next generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the Fit is anticipated to earn top safety scores from NHTSA and IIHS, including a NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating with a GOOD rating in all IIHS test modes, including the rigorous small overlap barrier test.
North America Production
The 2015 Fit will be manufactured for the first time in North America at the new Celaya, Mexico plant. With an annual capacity of 200,000 units, the facility will begin mass production of the 2015 Fit next month, adding production of an all-new small Honda SUV later in the year. With introduction of the new manufacturing facility in Mexico, Honda’s North American automobile production facilities will have a total annual capacity of 1.92 million units, and will have the capability to manufacture vehicles in all product segments, from subcompacts to light truck models. With the added production, approximately 98 percent of all Honda-brand vehicles sold in the United States will be sourced from Honda plants in North America.
About Honda Honda offers a complete lineup of cars and trucks through a network of more than 1,000 dealerships in the United States. Honda has more than 30 years of experience producing automobiles in the region, which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio, in November 1982. Having produced more than 25 million vehicles in North America through 2012 using domestic and globally sourced parts, Honda currently operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda automobiles, all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, engines and transmissions.
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1The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and streaming from some current [Apple/Android] smartphones. For safety reasons, always launch HondaLink applications or perform any other operation on your phone only when the vehicle is safely parked. State or local laws may limit use of texting feature, and Assist functions may be terminated without notice.
Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply. Please see your Honda dealer and HondaLink terms and conditions for details.
2 Preliminary estimate provided by Honda. Final specification is subject to change.
3 Among subcompact class vehicles equipped with standard engine and automatic transmission.
4 Preliminary mileage ratings determined by Honda. Final EPA mileage ratings not available at the time of printing. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle