Honda teased the U.S.-spec 2015 Fit about a month ago and now they are exhibiting the car at NAIAS in Detroit, ahead of a market release programmed for this spring. The new model is 1.6 inches shorter than its predecessor however Honda has managed to stretch the wheelbase by 1.2 inches, resulting in more space inside the cabin where the rear passengers benefit from an extra 4.8 inches of legroom. In addition, the passenger volume has increased by 4.9 cu. ft. as a result of the longer wheelbase and the rearranged cabin. The Fit is also 0.3 wider than the outgoing model and rides on 16-inch rims.
Motivation of the 2015 Honda Fit (US-spec) will be provided exclusively by a new four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC 1.5-liter gasoline engine delivering 130 bhp and 114 lb-ft so it will be 13 bhp and 8 lb-ft more powerful than the old engine. Output is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission or an optional paddle shift-equipped CVT. Honda says the CVT mode can do an EPA-estimated 33 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway, resulting in 36 mpg in the combined cycle.