The next-generation 2020 Honda Fit has recently been spotted for the first time by spy photographer’s camera on its internal testing in Europe. The Japanese-based car manufacturer has confirmed that the new subcompact hatchback will make its first official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2019. One of the most highlighted in the all-new Honda Fit is the presence of the new Honda’s i-MMD dual-motor hybrid drivetrain system which is intended for smaller vehicles.
The 2020 Honda Fit or in other markets commonly called the Honda Jazz is still adopts the same design proportions and sizes as the current model. But there have been several changes, improvements and redesigns on this new subcompact hatchback. The next-generation Fit hatchback is now slimmer and gets some redesign with the new expressive front fascia, new two-bar grille, new large air intake, new taillights, and a bigger new headlight showing three-dimensional elements. In addition, this new model is also equipped with more curved bodywork, rear slender A-pillars, larger front quarter windows, and a more evolutionary rear end design than the previous generation.
Not only the exterior that gets tweaked and redesigned, but also the 2020 Honda Fit is claimed to come with a new interior design featuring a large infotainment screen on its center console. All interior changes have basically been reflected in the prototype version seen in European testing. Based on the spy shots, the redesigned Fit hatchback will be equipped with several new standard interior equipment that includes a new steering wheel, new more modern infotainment system with metallic frame, and instrument cluster. There is also climate control systems with three large knobs offered on the 2020 model year.
It Gets a Hybrid Powertrain Sourced from Honda Insight
The 2020 Honda Fit will be offered in several powertrain choices when it arrives in the global market, including conventional (gas), hybrid, and electric. Well, the prototype version seen in European testing is a hybrid variant of the upcoming Honda Fit. Other reports indicate that the new Fit hatchback will share the same powertrain with the Honda Insight hybrid electric vehicle. That means the all-new Honda Fit will be powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine running Atkinson cycle combined with two electric motors and lithium-ion battery. Mated to Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (eCVT), the next-gen Honda Fit should be able to produce a combined output of 151 horsepower with an EPA fuel economy rating of 55 mpg in the city.
It’s definitely far more powerful than the current Fit powertrain setup that offers a 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit with only 128 horsepower. Apart of that, the 2020 Honda Fit is rumored to have a total driving range of up to 186 miles, which means it beats the Nissan Leaf with a single charge that can only travel up to 150 miles. But the Fit’s driving range is shorter than the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt.
Pricing and Release Date
Honda is still silent about release date and price, but the 2020 Honda Fit is scheduled to be released on the global market around the end of this year or early next year right after the new subcompact hatchback made its first debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show this October. We don’t know for sure about whether the redesigned Fit hatchback will also be sold in the United States, considering that the Japanese automaker are still silent regarding the new Fit sales plan in the US.
Look for official pricing details when this car has been released to the market. The current model starts at the base MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $15,590, so we can expect the 2020 Honda Fit to have a similar price to the current model. The Nissan Versa is one of the key competitors for the Honda Fit, which has also received many improvements, changes and redesigns for the 2020 model years.