Despite being the oldest model in North America's subcompact sweepstakes, the current Honda Fit remains a paragon in its segment, offering unparalleled packaging, good road manners and robust reliability. In fact, even with far more modern competitors like the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Nissan Versa Note on the scene, it may well still be the best of the bunch.

All of which explains why we're so nervous about the next-generation model, shown in these apparently leaked stock shots scanned from an in-country magazine (no, that rear end really isn't that wonky, it's the page curl distorting the image).

Will the next Fit retain the current car's incredible seating flexibility? Will it still offer a sweet-shifting manual transmission and a four-cylinder seemingly happy to bounce off its rev limiter all the livelong day? We won't know until we try it, but if these shots are representative of what we can expect in North America, it certainly will look very different. While the same two-box shape with roughly the same greenhouse remains, the front end looks much more aggressive than before, with squinty-eyed headlamps blending into a Civic-like grille, all sitting over a lower fascia with unusually oversized air intakes. The profile view is dominated by the front quarterlight and a new sharply rising character line that originates in the front fenders and terminates in the headlamps.

It's important to note that these images are said to be that of the new Japanese-market Jazz, but there has historically been very little difference between the appearances of the NA Fit and the JDM model. We might see more differentiation in powertrain, however – IndianAutosBlog, which first posted the images, says that the Jazz will receive 1.2- and 1.4-liter four-cylinder, and reports that a three-cylinder model is also possible. On the diesel front, Honda's new Earth Dreams 1.6-liter i-DTEC four is expected to make an appearance, but we certainly wouldn't expect that powertrain in our market, even if it's clean enough to run without aftertreatment.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      What about a Fit Si?
        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Sadly Honda has forgotten what Si means and how to make one. I hope they start remembering what made Si great and return to that formula
          twentyoneautospies
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bonehead
          If you know your Honda History, RS has more meaning than Si. And Honda builds a Fit RS for Japan.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought that was a mini Odyssey. Honda seriously needs help in their styling department.
      Klep
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bro, do you even camber?
      Dyson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda continues its tailspin.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dyson
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      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      The current model is still a standout in packaging and a solid performer. Where it has fallen seriously behind is in interior design and technology. I hope this new one fixes manages to address those shortcomings without embracing the Civic's busy, awkward dash. Despite this breathless story, the overall shape of the new Fit doesn't look that much different from the current one, which suggests that Honda is wisely holding onto the car's greatest assets. The more extraverted front and real styling are a bit over the top, but I like them. The Fit could use a dose of Japanese eccentricity, and it looks like it is about to get it. After the Accord's return to form, I'm hopeful that Honda has found its way back after several years in the wilderness in terms of both design and engineering.
      GTR
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should also change the name from fit to pos
      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      None of the Fit/Jazz will ever win a design context, but that is pretty nasty.
      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda will redesign it after a year...just like the civic.
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      Avonni
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well if the picture is accurate, Honda's CEO better start working on his next apology. This time he may have to apologize at the car's introduction. But hey, maybe the picture is a part of a scheme to sell out all the 2013 Fits. Then they will show the real next-gen Fit. Genius.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avonni
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      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I'll give some allowances for the distorted image, my initial reaction is that this is another civic-like misstep for Honda.
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