The Honda Fit has been a hit in the subcompact segment with auto experts and consumers alike since entering the U.S. market seven years ago. Already one of Car & Driver’s 10 Best in each of those seven years, Honda says that the all-new 2015 Fit, debuting Jan. 13 at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, is the “best Fit ever.”
The next-generation Fit has a more energetic and sporty exterior with a more aggressive stance. It also boasts new exterior features, including LED taillights and 16-inch tires. While this Fit is shorter than its predecessor, new design technology increases passenger volume by 5 cubic feet – including 5 inches of legroom.
The all-new Fit sports a more rigid body structure than its predecessor, not just for safety, but also for cabin noise reduction. In fact, the 2015 Fit has many more noise-reducing features. As for safety, Honda expects this vehicle to achieve a 5-star NHTSA ratings and an IIHS rating of “good,” which are the benchmarks for each safety-testing organization.
The 2015 Fit has 13 more horsepower, but is lighter than the previous model and, therefore, more fuel-efficient. The vehicle will have an estimated EPA rating of 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, keeping it in line with the standards of American Honda, which has the highest mpg ratings of any car manufacturer.
Its standard connectivity features highlight the interior, including Bluetooth and USB connections. The new Fit will also be one of the first vehicles in the market with Apple’s Siri ‘Eyes Free’ technology, which allows iPhone users to control phone, text, music playlist and basic vehicle functions with just voice commands. A 7-inch HondaLink monitor controls all these features, including a standard rear-view camera and an optional navigation system that syncs with your mobile phone’s GPS. Other optional features on the Fit include leather seating surfaces, rare for its segment, and Lane Departure Warning.
The 2015 Fit is expected to hit showrooms in the second quarter of 2014. In preparation, production on the vehicle will begin next month in Honda’s new auto plant in Celaya, Mexico – the automaker’s eighth plant built in North America.
During its press conference at the Cobo Center, Honda also made reference to the Urban SUV Concept, which was revealed in the same location the previous year. The automaker said that the production version of that subcompact SUV, based on the new Fit platform, will hit the market later this year, so expect it to make its debut in either the Chicago or New York auto show.