The new Fit will be seen as the Honda Jazz in Europe
The car has been seen for the first time at the Detroit motor show
The Fit will go on sale later this year
It will be marketed as a 2015 model
Honda says the new Fit offers increased performance
The new car features a new, longer platform
The Fit will be offered with conventional engines...
...and also with hybrid variants
The Fit, which will be launched later this year as a 2015 car in the US, will come to the UK sometime in 2015 as the new Honda Jazz. Honda says the third-generation Fit offers increased performance and efficiency thanks to an all-new, longer platform and a new powertrain, dubbed 'Earth Dreams Technology'.
Offered with both conventional engines and as a hybrid, our first drive in the new Jazz revealed that drivers of the old model will find much to like about the new one.
In European specification, the new Jazz is likely to come with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developing 105bhp. A 1.5-litre engine is also likely in the Hybrid, generating a combined 133bhp and matched to a seven-speed double clutch transmission.
Honda says the new model will be styled to present "the perfect blend of style and muscle with its elegant, well-proportioned exterior that cloaks the true sport [saloon] chassis and powertrain beneath".