Redesigned Honda Fit expected to go on sale this spring

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Introduced at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda’s all-new 2015 Fit is expected to hit Pittsburgh area showrooms sometime this spring.Honda has completely overhauled its popular subcompact

"The Honda Fit is a small car with big aspirations. Faster, more fuel-efficient and more fun, it's a subcompact with larger-than-life-capabilities," said John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "It's simply the best Fit to date and, we believe, a new benchmark in the small-car category."

The new 2015 Honda has not yet been priced out by Honda, which has also kept the lid on trim levels. The 2015 Fit debuts with a sleek, modern and sporty exterior style. A more aggressive front fascia showcases a new grille and headlight design. A strong character line runs along the side of the Fit, emphasizing the vehicle's aerodynamic profile.

“These changes are a total improvement,” said John Allman, general sales manager at Falconi’s Moon Township Automotive Group. “The new Fit looks sturdier and has nice lines.”

Larger 16-inch tires outfitted with a new five-spoke wheel design give the Fit a planted and sporty stance. In the back, rear reflectors and LED taillights run along the hatch with a chrome tailgate garnish and rear diffuser, all contributing to the Fit's more substantial and dynamic appearance.

Retaining a similar exterior footprint to the current model, the new Fit is slightly shorter and wider with a longer wheelbase, resulting in improved handling and maneuverability.

The 2015 Fit marks the U.S. debut of an all-new direct-injected 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine. Generating 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque, engine output is increased by 13 horsepower and 8 lb.-ft. compared to the outgoing engine, while reducing weight and improving efficiency.

“The Fit’s new engine will make it easier to get up these Pennsylvania hills,” said John Macuga, operations manager at Falconi’s Moon Township Automotive Group.

Paired to two new transmissions, a slick-shifting six-speed manual or a sporty and fuel-efficient Continuously Variable Transmission with available paddle shifters, the Fit powertrain offers superior acceleration and passing performance and is anticipated to have an EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 41 miles per gallon on the highway.

Complementing the new powertrain is a revised chassis that provides for improved handling, ride comfort and noise, vibration and harshness. A more rigid body, new rear dampers and revised suspension geometry notably enhance the 2015 Fit's ride quality and fun-to-drive handling characteristics.

The 2015 Fit benefits from the most extensive use of ultra-high strength steel in the model's history, providing increased body stiffness while reducing platform weight by 57 pounds versus the outgoing model. Equipped with the next generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure.

Inside, the Fit builds on its already class-leading interior space, airy cabin and large greenhouse thanks to an all-new efficient platform that incorporates a unique center-mounted fuel-tank layout. The new Fit also delivers a significant increase in passenger volume (+4.9 cubic feet) and rear legroom (+4.8 inches) compared to the previous model.

With the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat offering multiple configurable seating positions, the Fit provides an unrivaled 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row seats are folded flat. With an overall height of 60 inches, the Fit allows for easy loading of items into the rear cargo and ingress/egress for passengers.

It’s that rear cargo space, said Mr. Allman, that makes the Fit a popular choice amongst a wide range of drivers.

“It seems to appeal to all age brackets,” he said. “We sell it to younger people who like to camp and we have older customers who like it because they can fit a dog carrier in the back.”

The 2015 Fit will deliver above-class interior refinement and features while offering value at every trim level. All 2015 Fit models will be equipped with many standard features including Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-angle rearview camera, and Expanded View Driver's Mirror.

For customers looking for premium features in the subcompact segment, Fit will be available with smart entry with push-button start, heated side mirrors, a moonroof, heated front seats, Honda's exclusive LaneWatch display and a seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with HondaLink smartphone connectivity.

Soft touch and premium materials are used throughout and, for the first time, the Fit will be offered with available leather-trimmed seating.

If you do a lot of urban driving, and don’t mind rubbing elbows with some of the bigger vehicles on the highway, the Fit is an excellent subcompact. Its diminutive size also makes whipping in and out of tight parking spaces a lot easier.

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