The Japanese-based car manufacturer Honda has planned to launch the next-generation Fit hatchback for the global market. And recently, a prototype version of the 2020 Honda Fit has been caught for the first time on the public road tests. Although the new subcompact hatchback has the same design proportions as the outgoing model, but the biggest news is that Honda will offer the latest i-MMD dual-motor hybrid drivetrain system that is specifically for small vehicles like the Fit hatchback.

Redesigns and Changes

Like the current model, the 2020 Honda Fit will still have the same overall dimensions but will get some changes, redesigns on the exterior and interior, as well as some important improvements. The exterior design now looks slimmer, thanks to some redesigns carried out by Honda on this subcompact hatchback, including placing the new large air intake and aggressive front fascia. Other changes are reflected in its front grille design which now receives a new two-bar layout and bigger new headlights featuring 3-dimensional elements. The upcoming Honda Fit will have more curved bodywork and a more evolutionary rear end design with new taillights. In addition, there are also rear slender A-pillars and larger front quarter windows.

2020 Honda Fit Spy Shots
2020 Honda Fit Spy Shots (Image Credit: Carscoop)

Moving into the cabin, the 2020 Honda Fit also gets a redesign and some special touches on the interior. There’s several new standard equipment in the interior, including a modern infotainment system with metallic frames plus a new instrument cluster, new steering wheel, as well as climate control systems with 3-large knobs. In addition, the center console has also adopted a large infotainment screen.

It Get a Hybrid Tech from Honda Insight

The 2020 Honda Fit will most likely share the same hybrid powertrain with the Honda Insight. During testing on European public roads, Honda has secretly installed a hybrid Insight powertrain on a Fit hatchback prototype. That’s not surprising, given that Japanese automaker have planned to launch the new Jazz aka Fit in several different versions which include conventional (gas), hybrid and electric only.

Honda 1.5L Four-Cylinder Engine
Honda 1.5L Four-Cylinder Engine

If the report is true, the 2020 Honda Fit hybrid is likely to be equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a Atkinson cycle mated to two electric motors powered by lithium-ion battery, capable of producing 151 horsepower and offering EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 55 mpg in the city. Power is transferred to all four wheels via Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (eCVT).

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As we know that the Honda Fit is currently available with a standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is only capable of producing 128 horsepower. Obviously the new hybrid powertrain will make the Fit hatchback much more powerful compared to the current model. Honda also seems to target Nissan Leaf in the five-door hatchback electric segment. That’s proven by the 2020 Fit hatchback prototype which is claimed to provide a total driving range of up to 186 miles or 36 miles more than the Nissan Leaf which only offers a total driving range of 150 miles.

2019 Honda Fit Sport Pictures
2019 Honda Fit Sport Pictures

Pricing and Release Date

Release date and price have not been confirmed so far. However, Honda has planned to bring a new Fit hatchback at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show which will be held this October. The possible release date for the 2020 Honda Fit is that the new subcompact will be launched at some point this year, possibly around the end of this year. As for the price tag, it’s likely that there will be a slightly price increase for the 2020 Honda Fit from the current model which is priced at around $15,590 for the base model. Unfortunately, Honda has not planned to bring a new Fit hatchback in the United States.

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