The next generation of the Honda Fit subcompact won’t be coming to the U.S. until next year as a 2015 model, but the redesigned third-generation Fit goes on sale in Japan this week. We’ve already reported on the reveal of the 2015 Honda Fit, but now Honda has released full details of the Japanese-spec model along with a host of photos showing the Fit in its various configurations.
In Japan, the Honda Fit is available with three powertrains: 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter gasoline four-cylinders and a gas-electric hybrid model with Honda’s new Sport Hybrid i-DCD system. We expect the U.S. model to be offered with the new Earth Dreams 1.5-liter, which features direct injection and i-VTEC. The combination of those two features helps boost power by approximately 10 percent over the outgoing 1.5-liter (i.e. somewhere close to 130 hp) while also improving fuel economy. The 1.5-liter will be paired with either a six-speed manual or a CVT.
The Fit Hybrid is also rumored to be coming to our shores. Honda’s new single-motor hybrid system differs from its Integrated Motor Assist system in that it can power the car on the electric motor alone. On the Japanese test cycle, Honda says the Fit Hybrid achieves 85 mpg which is the highest of any hybrid vehicle in Japan and should make for lofty EPA ratings in the U.S. as well. The hybrid system is paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
Overall, the design of the new 2015 Fit inside and out represents an evolution of the current model. A new front grille design is the biggest change on the outside, but the overall profile of the Fit remains similar to the outgoing model. The interior appears to use more upscale materials on the dashboard while still preserving the Fit’s amazing space efficiency. Thanks to the continued use of a fuel tank mounted in the middle of the car’s platform, the Fit’s famed “magic” folding rear seats remain, providing a highly configurable seating configurations and an expansive, flat cargo area.
Expect to see the 2015 Honda Fit debut early next year in the U.S., with a Fit-based compact crossover to come later. Both models will likely be built for North American consumption in a new assembly plant in Ceyala, Mexico. Until then, check out the gallery below for photos of the Japanese-spec 2015 Honda Fit.