The Japanese car maker for the next year is planning to introduce the third generation of Honda Fit (Honda Jazz on some markets). The new model has just been revealed in Japan. Introduction for U.S. market is planned for the second quarter of the next year as a 2015 model. Also, there is a right-hand-drive variant which is already in sale as a 2014 model.
The new 2015 Honda Fit / Jazz has similar dimensions as his precursor, but new, much more refined design. It has slightly longer wheelbase, sheet metal edges are more sharper and there are much more details, especially on the front and rear ends. It appears that new model will have more room for the passenger and also there is a nice blackout display screen on the center stack.
2015 Honda Fit / Jazz Specs
Beside visual differences, there are also big changes under the hood. The new Honda fit will have the new 1.5 liter 4-cylinder engine integrated with high output electric motor. The new hybrid will have power unit packed with lithium-ion battery. There is a new electric servo brake system. Also, Honda succeeded to reduce engine load with new electric air compressor. Main improvement is new transmission called iDCD (intelligent dual drive) system. New 7-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission will give you 35 percent improvement in overall fuel economy. With new iDCD you can choose different power modes depending on driving conditions. You will be able to choose between gasoline, hybrid and EV power mode. The only problem is that Honda has confirmed that new iDCD is not planned for U.S. market. The U.S. model will probably have an upgraded iVTEC 1.5 liter engine based on more effective direct fuel injection. However, iDCD will definitely took a major part in next generation smaller hybrids like Civic and Insight replacing current IMA system.
2015 Honda Fit / Jazz Release Date
New 2015 Honda Fit will be produced in new Honda’s facility in Silao, Mexico, which is currently under construction and will be opened next spring. Also, new Honda’s SUV Urban showed last year in Detroit will probably be produced in this facility. Officially, there will not be a 2014 Fit model. Honda plans to extend the run of 2013s series (probably imported from Japan) so we will have to wait until 2015 to see all-new Honda Fit.