Two-motor powertrain promises "EV-like" driving dynamics.
While the Honda Fit (known in other markets as the Honda Jazz) has always been known for its exceptional interior packaging, the conversation has now switched to its hybrid powertrain after Honda's latest announcement and a full reveal at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. In the UK, it's confirmed that the subcompact will be exclusively available with a two-motor hybrid engine, driving home Honda's bold goal for electrified powertrains in all European mainstream models by 2022. No longer is hybrid tech a left-field alternative for Honda's hatchback - it's now the sole offering in the model range.
The two-motor hybrid powertrain is said to provide "an exceptional blend of strong and effortless driving performance and impressive fuel economy". The Fit will also be the first of several Honda models to sport the brand's new "e:HEV" badging ("Honda e:Technology").
Expect to see it rolling out across forthcoming electrified vehicles. Other than this, Honda hasn't provided further powertrain specifics, so we'll have to wait a bit longer to find out how the hybrid will match up to more traditional gas-fed rivals like the Ford Fiesta, or if the new Fit will make it stateside at all.
Beyond its advanced hybrid tech, we can now also take a clearer look at the all-new Fit's design. The silhouette is familiar, but the details are cleaner than before. Slimmer A-pillars (said to be half the width of those on the previous model), a wider stance, and bolder headlamp clusters stand out, although overall dimensions are expected to be on par with the current model. At the back, the previous vertical light arrangement has been traded for a horizontal layout. In addition, a tougher 'Crosstar' variant with a raised ride height, a different grille, and water-resistant upholstery was announced as well.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Honda Fit without the model's unrivaled spaciousness, and that's set to continue with the all-new model. The fuel tank will be positioned under the front seats and in the center of the chassis, allowing Honda to retain the Magic Seats that effortlessly fold flat or flip up depending on practicality requirements. Improvements to the Honda Sensing safety suite include a wider, high-definition camera for improved driver visibility.
In short, the new Fit looks good and, with its smart dual-motor setup as standard, takes a big step towards mass-market infiltration of hybrid power. Let's hope that the US gets to take advantage, too.