Honda CEO Takeo Fukui just confirmed that a new Honda Fit will make its debut this fall in Japan. We expect the U.S. version to follow pretty soon after, but that wasn't confirmed. During a press event yesterday, he also spoke about Honda's commitment to fuel efficiency with the further development of its hybrid powerplants and introduction of a 50-state diesel, but it was the Fit that got our attention. Right after announcing it has sold 2 million of the current model Fit, Honda is already talking about a sequel. We doubt it will look much different than the current model, perhaps adopting the nose seen at right.
We've talked about how this next gen hatch will be a "relaxed" Fit version, with just a bit more room in the seat. Just like the European Honda Jazz variant, the new Fit will get an extra 20mm of girth and 50mm in length. That should mean even more room in the Fit/Jazz's already class-leading interior. No diesel is planned for the States, but we'll likely see the hybrid version down the road. In the meantime, we're also likely to see familiar 1.3- and 1.5-liter gas engines underhood. The new Fit will debut at this year's Tokyo Motor Show in October.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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