Japanese Automaker has announced the production of its popular subcompact hatchback. It is the brand new 2018 Honda Fit. This handsome vehicle will be the third generation model. So, we assume that it should show some minor changes both inside and outside. Although there are still no official specs and details about the new Fit, we believe that the full redesign is expected for a few years from now. So, 2018 Honda hatchback should appear with minimal changes in exterior design. Furthermore, it is said that it will also receive new seat trim inside. As for the powertrain, we are pretty sure that Honda Company won`t change anything for now.
The outgoing Fit should be available in three trim levels like the current model. Those are: LX, EX and EX-L models. The main competitors of the new Fit will be: Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris.
Engine, performance and fuel economy
Under the hood of the 2018 Honda Fit should be placed the same engine which powers its predecessor. It is a 1.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine. This unit is able to produce 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. However, a continuously variable transmission will be available too. It will come standard with front-wheel drive configuration.
The fuel efficiency of this unit is estimated to be 33 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway and 36 mpg combined. Excellent fuel efficiency is one of its big advantages and the main reason why the costumers choose this model.
Moreover, some sources claim that for the European market automaker will introduce a 1.0-liter VTEC Turbo unit. However, this information is not yet confirmed.
Design of exterior and interior
2018 Honda Fit is a five-door hatchback which will look attractive and very handsome as before. The whole body features sharp lines which make it look a bit futuristic. We cannot expect many changes when it comes to the exterior design. However, we will notice some mild refreshments especially on the front. It will receive refreshed grille which will look sportier now. The headlamps should be slightly modified as well. They will feature full LED lighting as always. Furthermore, we will notice a few fake air intakes around the fog lights. On the rear end, there will be revised tail lamps inspired by Civic model. The new Honda should ride on 15- or 16-inch wheels, depending on a trim level.
Inside, 2018 Honda Fit will be roomier, so it will provide more legroom and comfort. It is able to place five occupants, and the rear seats are convenient even for tall passengers. Moreover, the new Fit should get a new seat trim in brown leather. The leather upholstery will be available for higher trims. Generally, the cabin will be very well equipped even in the base model. Some of the standard equipment will be Bluetooth, USB, cruise control, air conditioning, a rear view camera, keyless entry and so on.
Release date and price of 2018 Honda Fit
2018 Honda Fit is scheduled to go on sale this summer. When it comes to the price, the base model should start at $17,850. The top trim level is expected to reach the price of around $21,000.