TOKYO — The redesigned Honda Fit has more room inside than the current model, panoramic front windows and a new 1.3-liter engine.
But it won't reach U.S. showrooms until the fall of 2008.
That's because the first-generation Fit didn't arrive in the United States until April 2006. Honda wants to keep selling that model before tempting consumers with something new.
"We just introduced the Fit, so it still has freshness among customers," Honda Executive Vice President Koichi Kondo said here last week during the launch of the redesigned car.
The new Fit goes on sale in Japan on Friday, Oct. 26, starting at 1.29 million ($11,056). The base model is 2.2 inches longer and 0.8 inches wider.
The biggest design change is the forward positioning of the front pillars to give a more spacious interior. It also sports front quarter windows that are three times the size of the current model's.
Honda Motor Co. expects to sell 12,000 a month in its home market. For the current Fit, Honda is aiming for sales of 70,000 units in the United States this year.