Honda adds Fit to local line-up

Honda Jazz replaced by all-new model that adopts the Fit nameplate

Reuben Van Niekerk
Honda Fit
Honda Jazz
Honda

The new Honda Fit range, which replaces the Jazz nameplate in South Africa heralds a new era for the Japanese company’s compact city car.

 

Honda says that the Fit represents a new generation of cars for Honda Southern Africa who are focussing on reasserting Honda’s position as a brand that is known for quality, durability and technology.

 

The new seamless and contemporary design evolution introduces a beautiful simplicity to the timeless shape that the Honda Jazz represented. Smooth contours follow the short nose, long roofline and cabin-forward that the previous Jazz was known for. The overall height has been reduced by 13mm, which combines with a forward-leaning tailgate design to create a more compact-looking, well-balanced cabin and reassuringly surefooted stance. A refined roof spoiler and premium-look light cluster design, complement the dynamic shape and maintain a well-balanced profile.

 

Inside story

The interior is clean and minimalist, combining practicality and functionality in a simple, uncluttered cabin. Durable materials and contemporary, soft touch dashboard materials are used throughout. The central HMI nine-inch touchscreen or seven-inch full TFT instrument cluster, depending on the model, are simple and easy to read.

 

New ultra-thin A-pillars improve horizontal visibility and this along with hidden windscreen wipers and a flat dashboard allow for unobstructed views through the windscreen.

 

Clever packaging has allowed the fit to retain its flat floor and exceptionally versatile rear magic seat configuration that offers optimum versatility to accommodate cargo of various shapes and sizes.

 

Cutting edge engine technology

With the introduction of the all-new Fit, Honda SA aims to re-enter the local hybrid market, where Honda was once a major player.

 

The base Fit models are equipped with Honda’s new 1.5 lire DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine producing 89kW at 6600rpm and 145Nm at 4300rpm while returning a fuel consumption figure of just 5.5 litres/100km.

 

Carrying Honda’s new e:HEV badge, the flagship model in the Fit range has been engineered to deliver an exceptional blend of strong performance and impressive efficiency. The hybrid system consists of two compact electric motors connected to a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and an innovative fixed-gear transmission via an intelligent power control unit.

 

These systems combine to offer a total output of 80kW and 253Nm, which allows the e:HEV model to complete the 0-100km sprint in 9.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 175km/h while using just 3.7 litres/100km. Thanks to electrical propulsion maximum torque of 253Nm is generated from 0rpm for substantial low-speed acceleration.

 

The e:HEV hybrid set-up seamlessly selects from three interchangeable drive modes, which include EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive.

 

Safe as houses

The all-new Fit incorporates a standard suite of premium active and passive safety technologies including a body structure that distributes crash energy evenly, reducing forces transferred to the passenger compartment. Passive safety features include six airbags.

 

The Honda Sensing system includes a broad range of driver assistance features and driver aids such as a wide-angle, high definition front camera that is able to detect a more comprehensive range of road surfaces and traffic characteristics, including night time operation. The Honda Sensing technology also includes Collision Mitigation Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure, Mitigation and Auto High-Beam.

 

Model line-up

The new Fit range will launch with four models, the Comfort, Elegance and Executive models available exclusively in 1.5-litre petrol CVT as well as the flagship Hybrid model available with Honda’s 1.5-litre i-MMD e-CVT hybrid system.

 

Pricing

Fit 1.5 DOHC i-VTEC Comfort CVT

R319 900

Fit 1.5 DOHC i-VTEC Elegance CVT

R359 900

Fit 1.5 DOHC i-VTEC Executive CVT

R389 900

Fit 1.5 DOHC i-MMD e-CVT Hybrid

R469 900