Called the Jazz overseas, a Tokyo Motor Show debut is happening.
The Honda Fit is one of the Japanese automaker's best models. Called the Jazz in overseas markets, the first generation Fit originally went on sale in the United States back in 2006 though it arrived in Europe and Asia in 2002. Since then, it's been completely redesigned twice and now it's time for that to happen again. Slated to debut later this month at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show is the fourth-generation Jazz, which Honda is teasing here for the first time. This darkened silhouette side shot makes it 100 percent clear the five-door hatchback body style remains, though Honda promises it will "raise the bar in terms of comfort and driver enjoyment."
We don't know just when the Fit will debut in the US (possibly at the 2019 LA Auto Show in November), but we don't expect it to differ that much (if at all) from what we'll be seeing in Tokyo in a couple of weeks.
The American-spec Fit is only offered with a 1.5-liter inline-four rated at 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque when paired to the six-speed manual. Horsepower drops to 128 hp and torque to 113 lb-ft with the optional CVT. For the first time ever, the European-spec Jazz will only be offered with a new advanced two-motor hybrid powertrain for even better fuel efficiency and, Honda promises, "strong and effortless driving performance." There's an excellent chance this engine will, at the very least, be optional in the US.
There will be no all-electric version because that job has already been assigned to the all-new Honda e EV, which is sadly not coming to the US. However, Honda told us last year that its platform has been homologated for North America. Eventually, it'll be put to use here in some way.
For now, all of the attention is now being directed to the fourth-generation Honda Fit. While subcompacts have been popular in pretty much every market aside from North America for years, the Honda Fit has proven itself to be a solid seller with 35,300 examples sold last year and nearly 50,000 in 2017. The Civic, to compare, sold 325,760 units last year, but that's a combined total for the coupe, sedan, and hatchback body styles.