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Look What We Found: The New Honda Fit

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We like what we see.

Honda has been spotted testing a camouflaged Fit (also known as the Jazz), which is hiding a new facelift set to debut in just a few days at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The company's European division posted a teaser image of the new car, calling it the Jazz, causing doubt as to whether this facelift would be coming to America. Looking closely though, the car in the teaser was suspiciously wearing a 'Fit' badge on the rear tailgate, leading us to believe that it would.

To add further credence to this theory, Japanese site Creative Trend recently obtained leaked images of the new car. The photos appear to come from a Japanese magazine and show the car's exterior as well as the interior.

Judging by how accurate the car looks compared to the spy photos, this leak is legitimate. Creative Trend refers to the new car as the 'Honda FIT4,' likely referencing that this is the fourth-generation Fit. In Europe, the car will be sold as the Jazz but the Japanese market, like the US, calls it the Fit. The leaked information mentions a 1.5-liter engine mated to a hybrid drivetrain but as our Honda contact in the US reminded us, the Fit and Jazz have traditionally used different drivetrains. This means we can likely expect the US-spec model to be sold without the hybrid assist.

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As with the drivetrain, we don't expect the trim names to carry over in the US. The JDM market will get Basic, NES, and Luxe trims, as well as a more rugged-looking trim Crosstar. Expect more traditional trim levels such as LX and EX for the US market. We think the refresh looks great, especially inside where the new Fit looks to get a more luxurious cabin. The new LED headlights are more attractive than the current Fit and the taillights look reminiscent of the HR-V. The new Fit debuts later this week and, hopefully, Honda will confirm that it is coming to the US.

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