Psst! Remember late last month when we showed you those Japanese magazine scans purporting to show the next Honda Fit? The ones with the markedly more aggressive snout and Cuisinart-blade alloys? Yup, they were the real deal, but they weren't the standard model, they were images of the new Hybrid. We know this because Honda has just released a handful of images and some details on its forthcoming gas-electric hatchback, and the images line up perfectly.

The big story for the third-generation Fit Hybrid will be the fuel economy, naturally. Honda says it has achieved economy ratings of 36.4 kilometers per liter – 86 miles per gallon – on its home-market cycle, highest among all hybrid models in Japan and a 35-percent improvement over the current Fit Hybrid, a model not sold in the US.

Honda says it has achieved economy ratings of 86 mpg on its home-market cycle.

Interestingly, the Fit brooms the company's underwhelming Integrated Motor Assist system in favor of a new single-motor e-assist system dubbed Sport Hybrid i-DCD, and it eschews a CVT like most hybrids in favor of a "dual clutch drive" (i-DCD) with seven speeds. The architecture can completely uncouple the 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine and the i-DCD's 22-kilowatt electric motor. The motor itself is backed by a lithium-ion battery that's integrated into the power unit, and Honda is also touting a new servo brake system and electric compressor that increases the efficacy of the regenerative braking while curbing engine load. The Fit Hybrid will be able to putter along at speeds of up to 31 mph in pure electric mode for 1.9 miles.

Automotive News reports that while the Fit Hybrid seen here isn't expected to be sold in the US, the technology will come to America in the form of a subcompact sedan and crossover based on the Fit's architecture, as early as next year. The conventionally powered five-door Fit will be built in North America for the first time, and should hit dealers in the third quarter of next year. Built in Honda's new Ceyala, Mexico plant, the US car is likely to be offered with a 1.5-liter direct-injection engine paired to a CVT, both new components in Honda's Earth Dreams arsenal. A 1.3-liter port-injected powerplant is also expected to be fitted elsewhere in the world.
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2013.07.19
All-New Fit Hybrid Achieves Fuel Economy of 36.4 km/L, More than 35% Improvement - The all-new Fit Hybrid will be the first model to be equipped with SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive, Honda's lightweight compact hybrid system -


TOKYO, Japan, July 19, 2013 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. achieved fuel economy of 36.4 km/L*1 (JC08mode) on the all new Fit Hybrid, which is the highest*2 among all hybrid models in Japan. The all-new Fit Hybrid is scheduled to be introduced and go on sale in Japan this September.

The all-new Fit Hybrid will be the first model to be equipped with the SPORT HYBRID*3 Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD), Honda's lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system suited for small-sized vehicles. Although this is a one motor hybrid system, this system realized the EV drive by disengaging the engine and motor. The SPORT HYBRID i-DCD is one of the Earth Dreams Technology, Honda's new-generation powertrain technologies which realize both the fun of driving and excellent fuel economy at a high level.

Adopting a newly developed inline 4-cylinder 1.5L Atkinson cycle (high expansion ratio cycle) engine, the SPORT HYBRID i-DCD consists of a 7-speed DCT*4 system with a built-in high-output motor, and IPU (intelligent power unit) equipped with a built-in lithium-ion battery. Moreover, adopting an electric servo brake system that increases electrical regenerative efficiency and a fully-electric compressor that reduces engine load, the SPORT HYBRID i-DCD improves the vehicle's fuel economy by more than 35% compared to a current IMA hybrid system.

The SPORT HYBRID i-DCD automatically changes to three driving modes by engaging and disengaging the engine and motor depending on driving situations. The three driving modes are the EV Drive Mode for motor only driving, the Hybrid Drive Mode for both engine and motor driving and the Engine Drive Mode for engine only driving.

Featuring the highest fuel economy among all hybrid models in Japan, acceleration g-force more powerful than conventional models and rhythmic and linear acceleration feel, the SPORT HYBRID i-DCD realizes fun driving.

*1 Tested by Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
*2 Honda internal research, excluding plug-in hybrid models (as of July 2013)
*3 SPORT HYBRID is the collective name for Honda's newly developed advanced hybrid systems that adopt Earth Dreams Technology.
*4 Dual Clutch Transmission


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      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda really should sell the Fit Hybrid here in the US. There is a market for it.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think it's bad looking, but the real magic of a Fit is inside - as long as this version is as utilitarian as the last, it'll be a perfect city car. Great for transporting people and gear economically and efficiently. Just don't try to take it on the highway though. Man, that isn't fun.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      This could take sales away from from the priusC... if they sold it here. Honda management sucks.
      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome stuff Honda.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honey I Shrunk the Odyssey!
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        That's not a bad thing. The new odyssey I find is the most gorgeous van currently
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        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        Awsome, now only if they bring it to the States...
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The Fit Hybrid seen here isn't expected to be sold in the US" Of course it isn't. It currently is too targeted to it's intended goal (mpg) and needs to be made less serious before coming here. Make it fatter, larger, ruin the efficiency, and then it's ready to drop into our market. Later you can even conclude we don't like Euro/Japanese cars.
        Burabus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        They'll probably give it more front overhang, like they did with Gen2, since the JDM Fit with the short overhang looked "too much like a minivan" for US consumers.
          berto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Burabus
          That change was for US crash standards, not looks.
        Kip
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Yeah. I caught that too. The US gets a sedan and/or crossover with the same tech. Read: larger, less practical/usable then a 3- or 5-door, and most likely less fuel efficient. I hope that's not true, but Honda has a recent track record of aiming for the middle instead of shooting for the top.
          TRAILbrake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kip
          It's been known for quite some time now that next generation USDM Fit will be available as a 5-door hatchback, 4-door sedan, and as a new small CUV under a different nameplate.
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          Kip
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kip
          I know I shouldn't get baited into this, but... @TRAILbrake - Yes that's known. However, according to this article, the 5-door hatchback won't be available with this hybrid tech @aaronm_mt - the sedan has less usable space. The crossover, assuming it actually is larger despite being the same platform, is less practical. I was a little lazy in how I wrote it, but the "practical/usable" comment was meant as such. @carguy1701 - Choice is generally good. Less choice can be bad. The US market will have one less hybrid Fit choice than other markets.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      After the first two generations, I was not expecting this; just another slab-sided car with character lines out of an elementary school art room. I predict high resale values on the 2nd gen.
      rL-gT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hondas hybrid tech sucks compared to Toyotas. Good luck stealing sales from the Prius Family.
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      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      As I read this I was saying, "Alright, maybe Honda is becoming an innovator again". Then I saw they were not bringing it to the US. Why the hell not? Honda's lackluster performance over the last decade has taken the shine off the brand. Having the most fuel efficient car in the US is worth a ton just for the publicity factor and to reestablish their credibility as the makers of efficient and innovative cars. And I think they would sell a lot more than they apparently do. And I think it look like the fine appliance that it is.
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          skierpage
          • 1 Year Ago
          Honda said that in their press release but it doesn't make a lot of sense. "124 city/105 highway/115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating" but then they immediately follow with "47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating", worse than the almighty Prius (and Prius C). And current http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/topten.jsp lists the 2013 Scion iQ EV, Honda's own Fit EV, and Fiat 500e with higher combined MPGe scores. It's still damn impressive electricity+fuel economy for a big car, and it's fantastic that you can get a plug-in version of a top-three selling car.. It's crazy that Honda USA has only sold 200 of them this year.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GasMan
        It is coming in the form of a new model based on the Fit. So technically it is coming but probably not wearing the "Euro" spec face you see here.
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