The all-new 2015 Honda Fit was unveiled this afternoon at the Detroit Auto Show--one of very few cars that could conceivably be deemed "green" at an event dominated by the huge new 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck.
The new Fit is a complete redesign of the five-door subcompact that won raves for its interior space and versatility in its previous two generations, the last of which was launched in 2009.
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The 2015 model has more interior space in the same footprint, more refined interior features, a more powerful engine, better acceleration, and higher gas-mileage ratings than its predecessor. And it continues to promise enjoyable handling and roadholding, along with a quieter ride and new connectivity options.
The lines of the new 2015 Fit extend styling themes seen on other Hondas, leading off with the new horizontal corporate grille bar with a large centered "H". This sportier and more aggressive front end leads into the Fit's traditional "one-box" shape, with a short, stubby nose, a sharply raked windshield, and an almost vertical rear end. The tailgate features a horizontal chrome band, and is framed by high LED taillights that sweep into angular body-side lights.
But the latest Fit tapers more toward the rear of the roof, and adds a sharp horizontal body-side crease with a downward dip at the front that draws attention away from its tall, upright stance. The side windows incorporate a large triangular window ahead of the front-door opening, with a relatively low window line in front that rises gently toward the rear and ends in a larger "third" window (technically a fourth) in the roof pillar.
2015 Honda Fit launch at 2014 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
The larger 16-inch five-spoke wheels give the new Fit a sportier stance, and reduce the tall-car/small-wheel challenge of its predecessors. A long tailgate spoiler cuts aerodynamic drag, as do a smoother underbody and vertical side surfaces on the rear bumper fascia. It's a little busy from certain angles, but it remains a very modern take on a subcompact hatchback that clearly remains very much a part of the Honda family.
The latest Fit rides on a wheelbase that's 1.2 inches longer, but is 1.6 inches shorter overall. Inside, Honda has managed to pack almost 5 cubic feet more passenger volume into the same on-road footprint. Rear legroom in particular has grown almost 5 inches, with easier access through the rear doors. The 2015 Fit retains the unique and hugely flexible Magic Seat feature, providing multiple seating positions and allowing part or all of the rear seat to be folded, or the entire seat to be removed altogether. With the rear seat folded flat--a more likely configuration--the cargo volume is 52.7 cubic feet, a remarkable amount for a subcompact car of any shape.