The Fit's 1.5-liter engine generates 130 hp and 114 pounds-feet of torque, an increase of 13 hp and 8 pounds-feet over the outgoing engine. Transmission choices will be a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. The CVT is estimated to produce fuel economy of 33 city/41 highway.
Honda is pitching the Fit as a subcompact car that doesn't have to be cheap, coming with standard upscale features such as 16-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and a multiangle rearview camera.
With a new telematics link, smartphone customers can hook their phone's maps function to the Fit's center screen with the use of a $60 app and not have to buy the automaker's navigation system, which normally costs $1,000 or more. The touch screen also will allow for smartphonelike "sweep, wipe and pinch" finger controls, and can be linked to Siri voice commands with Apple iPhones.
"The Honda Fit is offering things in that segment that haven't been offered before," John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of automobile sales, said in an interview.
Honda sold 53,513 Fits in the United States last year, a volume that Mendel called "capacity-constrained." Honda expects the Fit and its crossover sibling to reach 200,000 sales in North America when its Celaya, Mexico, plant reaches full production.
"We competed with the rest of the world for that [Japan-built] allocation, and we ended up on the short end of the stick," Mendel said. "If we are making Fit one of the pillar vehicles with Civic, Accord and CR-V, that vehicle becomes important in terms of supply."