All-new Honda Fit Makes its Global Debut with Hybrid Tech

The fourth-generation Honda Fit, also known as Jazz in certain markets, has just unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Show in Japan.

The biggest news, of course, is the introduction of Honda’s advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain as standard (under the newly established “e:HEV” product name). This will set the Fit apart from most other small cars on the market and further push Honda toward its goal of having two-thirds of its global sales be electrified vehicles by 2030.

Unfortunately, no technical specs were released at this point. Honda’s press release doesn’t mention any another engine.

We know that the all-new Honda Fit will go on sale in February in its home market of Japan and later in Europe, but plans for North America have yet to be announced.

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Different styles

The body structure is more rigid and the exterior design has evolved, though the classic Fit silhouette somewhat remains unchanged. The most striking features are the new headlights and grille along with the bold-looking wheels.

The A-pillar is half the width of that on the previous model, improving forward visibility. Optionally, it can be in a contrasting colour just like the rest of the roof line. A two-tone exterior with a black roof is also available.

Another addition to the Fit range is the new Crosstar. Designed more like a CUV, it features increased ride height, a unique front grille design, water-resistant upholstery and integrated roof rails.

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Connected Interior

The new LCD touchscreen in the Honda Fit features familiar smartphone-style usability and a suite of in-built apps that can be supplemented by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A WiFi hotspot is included, as well.

The redesigned dashboard boasts a cleaner, more modern look, while the new, “body-stabilizing” front seats and wide centre console armrest improve comfort. In the rear, Honda’s Magic Seat was revised and fitted with thicker padding.

Look for the Fit to continue to set the benchmark for interior space and practicality. For example, the fuel tank was moved in the centre of the chassis, beneath the front seats, to maximize cabin room.

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It’s all backed by the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver assistance features, including a wider, higher-definition front camera and improved Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) technology.

All-new Honda Connect will also be included for the first time, allowing more interaction between users and the car.

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