Subcompacts might not be up in the hall of popularity when it comes vehicle icons, however Honda’s Fit (called Jazz in Europe) has actually made rather a devoted following for many years with its creative product packaging, economical powertrains, and skilled driving characteristics.
Unfortunately, its significance is ending up being lesser as purchasers flock towards little SUVs and crossovers. Thankfully, the Japanese carmaker is completely knowledgeable about this and is preparing a two-pronged attack with the next-generation model in regular and pseudo-CUV formats.
We take a detailed very first take a look at the basic road-oriented version and whatever else we can anticipate from the Fit’s (Jazz) 2020 redesign.
Younger, Yet Refined
Initially glimpse, the redesign isn’t as extreme as the existing Civic’s in contrast to its predecessor. Rather, it’s more of a refined look combined to a sportier profile.
The front-end now has a cleaner, charming and younger appearance. Those big headlights are a nod to the very first generation Fit and they now feature rectangle-shaped projector lenses and more technical detailing in the bezels. Horizontal styles control the grille and lower consumptions, whilst the double A-pillars are slimmer for much better exposure. Sheet metal appearing is more natural with very little difficult creases, and the rear features a melting-pot of evolutionary styling from Honda’s present lineup.
The all-terrain inspired variation will feature more noticable body cladding around the wheel arches and sills. It will likewise sport a various front bumper, roofing rails and increased flight height to finish the go-anywhere visual.
One gripe with the present car (albeit subjective), is that it appears to feature cabin styling commissioned by a Picasso fanatic … and not in an excellent way. This time around, Honda has actually entered favor of a sleeker two-tone, horizontally themed control panel including vertical air vents and a high-mount touchscreen user interface that wants to tilt out from the dash pad.
Those knowledgeable about the 2020 Honda Fit will be well versed with its Magic Seat capabilities that can change the interior into a Tardis if required. Fortunately is that setup will continue to feature for 2020 and will take advantage of enhanced interior volume. We likewise prepare for to see more standardized motorist help features such as lane keeping help, adaptive cruise with stop & go and roadway departure mitigation.
The 2020 Honda Fit powertrain lineup will include both fuel and diesel variants (the latter for European markets). It is expected that a turbocharged 1.0-litre, three-cylinder gas, and a 1.5-litre diesel will be offered from launch. A 151 hp, 1.5-litre hybrid shown the bigger Insight, has actually likewise been verified for the range.
Possibly the greatest possible news (yet to be validated), are reports of an all-electric version. Guesswork has it this model will use a Nissan Leaf-beating variety of around 186 miles (300 km).
Honda is believed to be preparing a hybrid powertrain as the sole choice for the Fit in the United States. It will likely be a variation of the setup utilized in the current Insight, where a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4 is couple with 2 electrical motors that change the transmission. The Insight’s 151-horsepower ranking might detuned, however, because the present Fit establishes simply 128 hp from its 1.5-liter inline-4.
There’s likewise the small possibility that Honda ultimately includes an electrical powertrain in a new Fit EV. In this manner, the car manufacturer will have a choice in markets that lose out on the Honda E, an approaching electrical car based upon 2017’s Urban EV principle. The cool EV is presently allocated for Europe just.
Pint-sized Rivals & Launch
The 2020 Honda Fit/Jazz completes in an ever-shrinking subcompact section that’s under attack by the increase of the crossover energy vehicle. It’ll likewise need to compete with lots of other worthwhile options, consisting of Volkswagen’s Polo, Ford Fiesta (the one North America does not get), Mini Cooper, SEAT Ibiza, Suzuki Swift, Citroen C3, Mazda 2, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i20, Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Picanto and upcoming Opel Corsa.
We anticipate an expose later on this year, potentially as early as the Frankfurt motor show in mid-September or at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show in October, with sales beginning not long after as MY2020 offering.