MARKHAM, ON (April 9, 2014) – With best-in-class passenger and cargo space, increased power, improved fuel economy1 and more refined, yet sporty dynamics, the completely redesigned 2015 Fit is poised to lead the subcompact segment. Add to this an abundance of class-above standard features including, LED taillights, Bluetooth® connectivity and a segment-exclusive rearview camera.
The 2015 Fit goes on sale at Honda dealerships across Canada this summer. All Fit models are powered by a new, higher power and highly efficient 1.5-litre engine developing 130 horsepower and 114 pound feet of torque, with an NRCan fuel economy rating of 7.0/5.7/6.4 L/100km (city/highway/combined)1 for the LX with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to greatly enhance and add to the Fit’s already excellent attributes to provide Honda customers with class-above features and refinement,” said Dave Gardner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. “The 2015 Fit is practical, roomy, efficient, affordable and perhaps best of all, fun to drive.”
The Honda Fit has always been known for its practicality, fuel efficiency, feature richness, high-quality interior and driving enjoyment. For the all-new Fit, the unique combination of these traits has been further enhanced with even greater versatility, fresh styling, a more dynamic and refined driving experience, and substantially upgraded technology and luxury features.
Outstanding versatility is fundamental to the design of the 2015 Fit. With class-leading interior space and versatility courtesy of its centre-mounted fuel tank and ingenious Magic Seat®, the Fit epitomizes smart functionality with spacious and comfortable seating for five and the ability to carry voluminous cargo, including long and tall items. The larger interior features a remarkable 139 L increase in passenger volume and a 122 mm increase in rear seat leg room compared to the previous Fit, all the more remarkable considering its even more compact exterior footprint, including a 41mm decrease in overall length.
A highly space-efficient new body structure pairs with an all-new chassis to create a completely new, more rigid and lighter subcompact platform. The new Fit’s platform features a longer wheelbase and numerous improvements to front and rear suspension and steering systems that improve overall driving dynamics. The net effect of these upgrades is a more settled and stable, yet nimble and sporty ride, with greatly improved steering and improved ride comfort and quietness. The adoption of a new frame structure, including Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) front body structure, also benefits safety performance.
The 2015 Fit also raises the bar on acceleration fun and fuel efficiency with major advances to its powertrain. A new Earth Dreams Technology™ engine significantly increases power, torque and throttle response with support from two newly developed transmissions – a slick-shifting 6-speed manual and all-new CVT with G-Shift Control. The 1.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC+VTC valve and timing control features direct fuel injection, reduced weight and friction, increased compression ratio, and other changes to deliver an 11 percent increase in peak horsepower to 130, and a 7.5 percent increase in peak torque to 114 lb.-ft.
The 6MT is an all-new design, with closer ratios to aid performance and a wider overall ratio range to improve fuel efficiency. The newly-developed CVT enhances engine responsiveness by providing quicker and smoother acceleration while improving fuel efficiency with a wider ratio range and reduced internal friction.
With the combination of the new engine and transmissions, the Fit has an NRCan fuel-economy rating of 8.1/6.4/7.3 L/100km (city/highway/combined)1 for the manual transmission and 7.0/5.7/6.4 L/100km for the LX trim with CVT (an improvement of up to 16 percent when compared to 2014 Fit4 with automatic transmission) and 7.3/6.1/6.8 L/100km for the EX and EX-L Navi trim with CVT. The new Fit sports a fresh and dynamic exterior design with slimmer headlights that integrate into a solid grille design and an aggressive lower intake. Chiseled sides emphasize the wheels and prominent character line along the flank that breaks down to the front-wheel openings, for a sporty, aerodynamic body. Six colours, including three new and vibrant options, accentuate the fresh exterior styling.
Inside, the increased interior room and visibility create a sense of airy spaciousness, which is complemented by upgraded, soft-touch materials that raise the feeling of quality. The rich and sophisticated black with silver accented design of the interior surfaces and controls, and blue backlit instrument dials are stylish and functional. The Display Audio touchscreen interface, standard on LX and above, and first-ever leather seating (EX-L Navi models) further increase the premium feel of this new Fit.
The 2015 Fit boasts a high level of standard and available features and now aligns with other Honda models by being offered in DX,LX, EX, and EX-L Navi trims, each with a higher spec than the previous equivalent trim. New standard features on all Fit models include one touch turn signal , LED brake lights, multi-angle rearview camera and Bluetooth®2 HandsFreeLink® . Items such as Smart Entry Push Button Start, a one-touch operated moonroof, 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio3 with next-generation HondaLink, heated seats, automatic climate control, navigation system and leather upholstery are among the upgrades available for the first time in Fit.
The Fit also features a long list of standard safety features. That list includes Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®) with traction control, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, and Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The new Fit targets the highest available crash-safety ratings: a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Satefy (IIHS). Standard drive-assistive features on all trims include a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines and expanded view driver’s mirror. The Honda LaneWatch™ display is standard on EX and above trims.
The new Canadian market Fit will be produced for the first time in North America at an all-new plant in Celaya, Mexico.
For More Information
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1 Estimated fuel economy based on Government of Canada’s new 5-cycle testing method. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors – use for comparison only. For more information on 5-cycle testing, visit (http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/transportation/cars-light-trucks/buying/7491)
2 The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.
3 The Display Audio Interface is used for direct connection to and streaming from some current [Apple/Android] smartphones. For safety reasons, always launch HondaLink applications or perform any other operation on your phone only when the vehicle is safely parked. Local laws may limit use of texting feature, and Assist functions may be terminated without notice. Your wireless carrier's rate plans apply. Please see HondaLink terms and conditions for details.
4 2014 Honda Fit fuel economy estimate based on Government of Canada’s new 5-cycle testing method