Patience is a Virtue
Mentions of a hybrid version of the Honda Fit (known as the Jazz in most of the world) can be found as far back as 2006. Back then everybody thought that it was going to come out soon, but things turned out differently... But finally, for real this time, Honda is going to be debuting the Fit hybrid at the Paris Motor Show in September. Read on for more details.
Under the Hood
All the tech specifications aren't out yet, but Honda has revealed (without surprise) that: "The IMA hybrid motor and control system are shared with the Insight and CR-Z hybrids" and "The new model will feature the same engine as the Insight hybrid, the 1.3 litre i-VTEC engine is combined with a CVT gearbox with an electric motor sandwiched between the two to create a parallel hybrid system. Like the Insight and Civic Hybrid models the Jazz Hybrid will be capable of running on the electric motor alone under some medium and low speed conditions."
Fit Hybrid Looks
Honda writes: "Visually the Jazz hybrid is distinguished from the current Jazz range with revised headlights, with a blue surround, clear rear lights, new front grille, restyled bumpers and a chrome tailgate garnish. The new hybrid will also be available in a range of existing colours plus a bespoke Lime Green metallic. "
Considering the less than impressive fuel-efficiency of the Insight 2.0 and of the new CR-Z hybrid, it would be surprising if the Fit hybrid turned out to be a new MPG leader. In fact, Honda compares the Fit hybrid's fuel economy to the Insight's (not the original, but the new one).
But you never know. We'll have to wait until more details are known and for some real-world test drives to be sure. Let's hope that it is competitively price and that Honda surprises us with a real-world performance of above 50 MPG.
I admit that I have low expectations for this one...