This is the All-New 2014 Honda Fit – Jazz, Hybrid Version 35% More Fuel Efficient [63 Photos]

The guessing game on whether last month’s scans of the Honda Fit (also known as the Jazz) were real or not ended today as the Japanese carmaker came out with an official release and photos of its new subcompact model that will first go on sale in its home market this September, and then the rest of the world.

Whereas the new Fit retains its semi-tall hatchback stature, the third generation model’s styling strays away from the looks of the first two iterations featuring more complex exterior lines combined with a sharper looking front end and a rear that will remind some of Volvo’s crossovers.

The interior is also new and comes with more geometrical shapes and harder lines, along with fresh comfort and technology features such as the full-touchscreen controls on the center console.

Honda said that in Japan, the new Fit will launch in September in three flavors, a 1.3-liter unit delivering 100PS (99hp), a 1.5-liter engine producing 132PS (130hp) and a hybrid version fitted with a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle (high expansion ratio cycle) engine.

The Fit Hybrid is the first model to be equipped with Honda’s new Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) system for small-size vehicles that consists of a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with a built-in high-output motor, and IPU (intelligent power unit) incorporating a built-in lithium-ion battery. Honda said this system improves the Fit’s fuel economy by more than 35 percent to 36.4km/l (85.6mpg US – 2.7l/100km – 102.8mpg UK) on the Japanese driving cycle, compared to a current IMA hybrid system.

The SPORT HYBRID I-DCD system has three driving modes named EV Drive Mode for driving only with the electric motor; Hybrid Drive Mode in which both engine and motor power the front wheels, and the self-explanatory Engine Drive Mode. Honda said the system has an auto function that engages and disengages the engine and motor depending on driving situations.

Full information, including details for the North American and European versions of the car are to be released in the coming weeks and months.

Photos: Honda and Carwatch



Aussies Beware: The Airbag In Your New Mercedes Could Detach While Driving

The recall includes certain 2019 A-Class, CLA and GLC models in Australia, sold between April 1 and September 30.

What’s The Wild, 402 HP Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus Like To Drive?

The Hyundai iMax N Drift Bus is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 powering the rear wheels.

Nissan Xterra Owner Almost Reaches Their Final Destination After Rear-Ending A Logging Truck

The driver escaped with only minor injuries.

Range Rover Set To Launch Its First Electric Vehicle In Late 2021

The model will be a mid-sized crossover that will compete with the Audi E-Tron Sportback and Porsche Macan EV.

Toyota Is Bringing A Solid State Battery-Powered Electric Vehicle At The 2020 Olympics

The e-Palette will become the brand’s first EV to use solid state batteries, which are much more efficient than the ones currently available .

Local News Reporter Jumps On Multiple Vehicles, Damages Others At Sacramento Auto Show

Angel Cardenas was quickly fired following the incident which has sparked outrage.

Toyo Tires Previews Six SEMA Builds Including Models Based On The Supra, Mustang And Bronco

One of the highlights is a twin-turbo Ferrari from Button Built.

Hyundai Unveils Nexo And Sonata Hybrid Land Speed Record Concepts

The models attempted to set new records at the Bonneville Salt Flats last month.

Brabham BT62 To Make Its Racing Debut At Brands Hatch In November

Brabham ultimately wants the BT62 to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2022, although it hasn’t decided yet in which class.

Ferrari 488 Pista Sets Blistering 7:00.03 Nurburgring Time

The 488 Pista was more than 8 seconds faster than a McLaren 720S and less than 2 slower than the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.