Japan is the first market in the world to get the all-new Fit subcompact.
On sale from February 14, the fourth-generation Honda Fit (sold as the Jazz in Europe) is available with five trim levels and two powertrains in its home country. In the increasing order of their specification, the trim levels are called Basic, Home, Ness, Crosstar and Luxe.
Each one is available with either a 1.3-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a CVT or an e:HEV two-motor hybrid system hooked to an eCVT. All-wheel drive is optional with each powertrain and trim level.
The base powertrain delivers 98 PS (97 HP) at 6,000 rpm and 118 Nm (87 lb-ft) of torque at 5,000 rpm. The combined fuel economy for the FWD model is as low as 20.4 km/L (4.9 l/100 km / 48 mpg US) as per WLTC.
The Fit e:HEV hybrid combines the 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine with an electric propulsion motor rated at 80 kW (109 PS / 107 HP) and 253 Nm (187 lb-ft) of torque. The drivetrain also includes a starter generator motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Unsurprisingly, the hybrid model is more fuel-efficient, returning 28.8 km/L (3.5 l/100 km / 67.7 mpg US) in FWD guise.
The 2020 Fit builds on its predecessors’ functionality, offering a more spacious and comfortable cabin than ever before. For example, the A-pillars are now much slimmer, significantly improving visibility in combination with the flat-topped instrument panel.
Honda says the redesigned seats are more comfortable than before thanks to additional soft padding, making long-distance driving less tiring for all occupants. Additionally, cabin space and luggage capacity are now more generous – and the Magic Seats remain on offer.
Safety-wise, all 2020 Fit models come with the Honda Sensing suite as standard, including a new front wide-view camera. It consists of Collision Mitigation Braking System, False Start Prevention, False Backward Start Prevention, Pedestrian Collision Mitigation Steering System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist and more.
The all-new Fit is also the first model sold in Japan to get the 9-inch Honda Connect infotainment system compatible with Honda Total Care Premium connected service.
Prices in Japan start from 1,557,600 yen ($14,180) for the Fit Basic with the 1.3-liter gasoline engine and FWD. The Fit e:HEV Basic in front-wheel-drive configuration is priced from 1,997,600 yen ($18,185).