Details are beginning to emerge on the 2015 Honda Fit Hybrid.
Racking up the best fuel economy numbers among Japanese hybrids, people are getting more interested in the Honda Fit Hybrid, especially with it's recent 35 percent bump in fuel economy numbers.
The Honda Fit has always had a following, somewhat unusual in it's segment. It's always been innovative; remember those accordion-style folding seats? and the 2015 Honda Fit Hybrid is no exception. It's the first Honda hybrid with Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD), which consists of a 7-speed dual clutch mated to a 22-kw electric motor. The dual clutch transmission in this car can completely uncouple the gas motor from the electric, permitting the car to be driven in electric-only mode. It's part of Honda's Earth Dreams line-up of next generation powertrains, meant to develop better gas mileage results. An Intelligent Power Unit with a lithium-ion battery is also in place. The Fit's regenerative braking system also works to improve fuel economy.
Drivers can select from any of three driving modes, depending on driving conditions. These modes are EV Drive mode (electric motor only), Hybrid Drive Mode, where both the engine and the electric motor are involves, and the Engine Drive Mode which relies entirely on the gasoline engine. In pure electric mode, the car can travel 1.9 miles at speeds of up to 31 MPH. This Fit generates 135 horsepower, and 125 pounds-ft of torque.
Getting an astonishing 85.6 MPG (2.7 litres per 100 km), Honda needs to get this subcompact hatchback to North America sooner rather than later. Right now Honda isn't committing, only saying that they're building a crossover and a compact sedan based on the Fit, and it will be available soon over here with this hybrid system. The 2015 Honda Fit Hybrid goes on sale in September, but only in Japan so far.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca