In order to gain the upper hand in the subcompact car market segment, Honda has unveiled the new 2012 Honda Fit in the United States (Honda Jazz in some countries). The 2nd generation Fit is one of Japan's more popular subcompact hatchback (with a total of more than 500 lots, there are more than 20 examples at my housing parking lot alone). First introduced in late 2007, for the 2008 model year, it is about time that this model gets an update.
The Fit lineup continues unchanged into 2012, and still consists of the base Fit and the Fit Sport. Both get new cup holders, console ambient lighting, and additional sound insulation in the floor, front fenders, and A-pillars—the latter hopefully addressing one of buyers' complaints about the Fit, its high level of road noise.
To that end, Honda also thickened the glass used in the Fit’s unique front quarter windows. The base car picks up new wheel covers for its 15-inch steelies (pictured below), as well as body-color side mirrors in place of the black-painted units on last year’s model.
The Fit Sport was given more attention, with new blacked-out headlight surrounds, new 16-inch aluminum wheels, and a reworked front grille and fascia. Inside, the Sport is set apart with a new dark metallic finish replacing the previous black and gray theme; new cloth upholstery; and chrome accents ringing the outboard HVAC vents, center HVAC control tabs, and gauge pods.
In the functional department, the Sport’s steering wheel gains audio controls as standard; buyers previously needed to fork out more for the navigation system. If you do need directional guidance and hate your left foot—navigation system can’t be had with a manual transmission—the system now includes Bluetooth phone and audio-streaming capability, and is also upgraded to run from 16 gigs of flash memory instead of a DVD.
Mechanically, the Fit is unchanged. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder produces 117 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque. The transmission choices remain a five-speed automatic—with manual mode and paddle shifters on the Sport—or a slick five-speed manual transmission.
Lets hope that the JDM model gets this new update as the new front bumper gives the car a more aggressive and sportier snout.
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