Honda fit is one of an engaging five door urban hatchback with small in size and big in attitude. It has always been renowned for its space efficiency and performance. Its third generation was released in 2015, since then it has not received any update. Although it had improvised handling and was fuel efficient an update in terms of tech and safety feature was much needed. Now Japanese giant is releasing a new 2018 Honda Fit hatchback with some major upgrades and features making it more valuable for their customers.
However, being a hatchback the new variant just like an SUV conveys flexibility to its passengers. This time along with LX, EX and EX-L trims the new model will also be available in Sports trim. Honda’s exclusive safety Sensing suite is also going to be installed in some trims and will be optionally offered for other trims. So, with such safety features and with new grille designs and two additional body color the new Honda small hatch is ready to capture the market.
2018 Honda Fit Exterior
Most of the 2018’s Honda cars have got new grilles. Just like Honda Accord, the new Fit’s grille is also redesigned and a sleek chrome finished two piece piano style grille has outnumbered the plastic grille. And to make it presence more prominent the Honda emblem on the grille received enhanced chrome finish. The front of the car is modified to make it more aerodynamic with redesigned front bumper and now it does resemble with the Honda Civic frontal look. Along with the auto on-off headlights, adding more attitude to the car are the sharp body creases and contours which are spread around the headlights and across the sides of the hatchback.
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At the back, the taillights and bumper are redesigned to give a new look to the rear with a spoiler. All these styling cues give a wide and low stance to the new Honda Fit. The 16 inches alloy wheels have also received black glossy inserts with 2 tone finish and machined spokes for all the EX and EX-L Trims. Two new colors Orange Flury and Helios Yellow have been added to the color palette.
Other regular 2018 Honda Fit color options include Aegean Blue Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Milano Red, Modern Steel Metallic and White Orchid Pearl. The new Sports trim as the name shows feature more sporty looks with freshly designed fog lights and sharp splitter. Both the rear diffuser and front splitter look more vibrant with orange highlights. The alloy wheels have got black finish look plus the Sports badge on the rear hatch, to sum up, all the outlook styling of the newly added Sports trim.
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2018 Honda Fit Interior
The interior of the new Honda Fit 2018 caters different features for different trims. However, there are some feature available as standard with every trim level, such as Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, LED brake lights, tailgate spoiler, and the rearview camera. The digital tech and analog speedometer is also redesigned. New Fit is a car with enhanced functionality and utility. The rear magic seat can be split and fold to create a cargo space of 52.7 cubic feet. The LX trim’s steering wheels and shift knob are wrapped in leather plus it has a 5 inches color LCD screen.
The 2018 Honda Fit Sports trim is a step ahead of the base model. It has an exclusive black interior with black fabric utilized for door trims and seats upholstered with orange piping. It also has leather covered shift knob and steering wheel. Like higher trims, it also caters a 7 inches touchscreen which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. An upgraded audio system is also there for passengers to enjoy their music.
The higher EX-trim will have a push button start feature with Smart Entry along with SiriusXM radio and descending sun visors. Moonroof which is one touch powered is also there for passengers to enjoy their ride on a starry night. The EX-L, being the highest trim is furnished with all the exclusive amenities, such as HD radio, heated side mirrors along with turn signals and heated leather seats. Both EX trims have Honda Sensing suite as standard with 4.2 inches TFT display.
No changing has been done to the engine, the new 2018 Fit by Honda will be running on a 4 cylinder 1.5 Liter i-VTEC direct injection engine. The Honda fit is renowned for its fuel efficiency and power output so to keep the same reputation the trim levels will be mated with six-speed manual transmission, whereas along with G-Shift Control Continuously Variable Transmission will be offered optionally for all trims. With 6MT the lively engine can produce 130 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and a torque of 114 pounds feet at 4,600 rpm, whereas the power falls to 128 horsepower and 113 pounds feet of torque with Continuously Variable Transmission.
Changes have been made to the body styling and steering system as well as the suspension is also re tuned to provide sporty handling with comfortable driving experience. Just like its predecessors, the fuel efficiency ratings of new Honda hatch is also impressive. For 6-speed manual transmission, it has combined fuel economy of 31 mpg. For trim levels with CVT, the fuel economy is 36 mpg.
The small hatchback is upgraded with a number of safety features which are quite rare in its class vehicles. Following safety features are included in the new Fit.
• Front and side air bags
• Rollover sensors with side curtain air bags
• Vehicle Stability Assist
• Anti lock brakes
• Traction Control
• Electronic Brake Distribution
• Multi angle rear view camera
As a standard, the EX and EX-L trims are equipped with Honda’s exclusive feature ‘LaneWatch’. The following trims will also receive Honda’s advanced suite of driver assist technology and safety features as standard. This suite can also be optionally availed by LX and Sports trim customers.
The suite bundles up the following features:
• Lane Departure warning
• Lane Keeping Assist
• Collision Mitigation Braking System
• Adaptive Cruise Control
• Road Departure Mitigation
• Forward Collision Warning
Price and Release date
The pricing of the new Honda does not much vary from the last year’s model. The LX trim will be available for $17,065, where as the 2018 Honda Fit Sports trim with 6MT and CVT will be priced at 18,375 and $19,175 respectively. With the manual transmission the cost of the EX trim will be 19,035 and with CVT it will cost around $19,835. Last, the EX-L prices will start around $21,000 and vary with the transmission. The new model Honda Fit will be available for sale this July 2017.
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