The newest models and concepts are often the headliners for car shows. Other cars often simply fall off the radar. This is the case of the #Honda Fit, a small car that will undergo several major changes for the 2015 model year.
First, while the silhouette has been redesigned, the car retains it's familiar look. It lost 26 kg during the redesign, even though the platform was stretched 1.2 inches. Honda has managed to reduce the length of the Fit, while providing 4.8 inches of extra legroom for rear passengers. This is almost 11 percent more space for passengers, despite reducing the car's body dimensions by 0.5 percent. With the seats folded, the cargo space has been slightly decreased from 57.3 to 52.7 cubic feet. It's still on par with certain crossovers, namely the Jeep Patriot, which is nearly 23 percent bigger.
It's also changing under the hood. The Fit's small four cylinder 1.5-litre engine is moving from a 117 hp engine to 128 hp. Same goes for the torque, which is increasing from 106 to 114 lb-ft. It's reasonably powerful at lower engine speeds. The new direct injection system increases compression in the small motor, which is responsible for the extra power. The transmission choices will also be more interesting, with a six speed manual and an automatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox available. In addition, with the CVT, drivers can enjoy changing gears manually with the paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Canadian fuel consumption ratings are not yet known, but one could reasonably expect an improvement of 18 percent in the city and 32 percent on the highway.
To improve handling, suspension angles have been modified and the original tire size has been bumped up from 15 to 16 inches in diameter. Soundproofing has also been enhanced to better insulate the cabin from road noise. Several popular options such as heated seats, absent in the past, will now be made available.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca