2019 Honda Fit Gets Turbo and Hybrid Editions

The 2019 Honda Fit Turbo coming soon. Honda, the noted Japanese carmaker is giving its vehicles a makeover for 2019 and that includes the entry level and compact cars too. The Honda Fit which is also sold in a few markets as the Jazz- is getting facelift for 2019. The updates are not drastic but they make the Fit a more ‘value for money’ vehicle. The biggest changes will be new powertrain options. So, 2019 Honda Fit comes with new Turbo and Hybrid engines.

2019 Honda Fit Turbo - front

2019 Honda Fit Turbo and Hybrid Design

With due credit to Honda design team, the 2019 Fit Turbo is not going to win any styling award- in its segment! The boxy shape is there and its exterior shape may make you feel it is a tad tiny for midsized families. It is sold in 4 trims- LX, Sport, EX-l And EX. The exterior colors are Milano red, Orange Fury, white orchid pearl, lunar silver metallic, crystal black pearl etc. The Honda logo sits in middle of its grille and wraparound head lights look sleek.

The Sport trim is new entrant in this lineup. It does look quite sporty and more stylish than the base trim.  The restyled bumpers, fog lights, black 16-inch wheels, orange-trimmed diffuser, side skirts, chrome-tipped exhaust add some visual pizzazz to it.  The sporty styling is there in cabin too. It gets orange contrast stitching on its seats, a leather-wrapped armrest and steering wheel and enhanced sound system.

The cabin of 2019 Honda Fit is functional and stylish- to say the least. From the outside you cannot figure out how useful the cabin is for accommodating passengers and different types of cargo. The dashboard is sleek and absolutely ergonomically designed. The back seat passengers get enough legroom and space than competing vehicles. Default cargo capacity is 16.6 cubic feet. Fold the back seats and the capacity jumps to 52.7 cubic feet. The magic seat setup ensures you can pack in bags and stuffs of varying sizes in its cabin without hardship. Its center console has USB ports and 12 v power outlet. Unless the passengers are very large sized, 5 adults can be accommodated in the cabin. There is no need to worry about storing your gadgets, drinks and cups in the cabin.

2019 Honda Fit Turbo - interior

2019 Honda Fit – Engine Options

The 2019 Honda Fit Turbo comes equipped with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine which has an output of 130 HP. A six speed manual transmission gearbox is there in base trim and CVT is an option. Top EX-L trim gets CVT setup by default. The fuel economy is better in CVT models and acceleration is also better. Where the 2019 Honda Fit Turbo outshines the segment rivals is driving dynamics. In city roads- it is amazingly easy to maneuver and small highway trips can also be managed without pushing the engine to its limits. Braking performance is also good enough.

Rumors:

There are some pretty serious speculations 2019 Honda Fit to get Turbo and Hybrid powertrains. We have find out in some Japanese car magazine that upcoming Honda Fit will be powered by a 1.0-liter direct-injected 3-cylinder turbo charged petrol engine. This is the same engine which gives the power to the Honda Civic for European car market.

The 2019 Honda Fit Hybrid will be powered with 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) system. This engine produces 90 hp and 97 pound-feet of torque and comes with lithium-ion battery pack.

Another option here is a hybrid powertrain, comprising a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with Honda’s i-MMD system.

The cabin is not exactly devoid of engine and road noise but the noise does not get too high. Honda has used acoustically insulating windshield and other noise insulating materials and they work- to an extent. While the car is not a slouch – it gets trounced in raw acceleration by most of its segment rivals by a margin. It lags behind Hyundai accent but races ahead of Toyota Yaris.

2019 Honda Fit Turbo - side

Specifications:

For its price, the 2019 Honda Fit Turbo comes loaded with plenty of amenities and safety features are also reassuring. This is true of all trims. Barring the base trim, all trims get 16 inch alloy wheels.

All trims get features like rearview camera, auto on-off headlights, intermittent wipers, air conditioning, tailgate spoiler, LED brake lights and Bluetooth.

LX trim gets Remote Entry, Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlight, Cruise Control, Cargo Area light, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel. Sport trim brings Fog Lights, 7-Inch Display Audio UI, smartphone OS integration, HondaLink.

The Ex trim gets One-Touch Power Moonroof, Variable Intermittent Windshield Wiper, Push Button Start, Floor Mats. EX-L trim gets Heated, Body-Colored side mirrors, Leather-Trimmed Seats, Heated Front Seats etc.

Safety wise, all trims get features like Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking System, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Airbags, Daytime Running Lights. EX and Ex-L get advanced safety features like Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control. These features are optional on base and Sport trim. The new Honda Sensing safety suite is offered as optional across the lineup. The safety features however can act oversensitive at times.
The infotainment setup in 2019 Honda Fit Turbo is enhanced compared to the predecessor. The 7.0-inch touch screen is sleek though not as speedy as you would like it to be. The Display Audio infotainment system setup is slower than most smartphones. It supports Apple CarPlay along with Android Auto. It is a good move on the company’s part to offer an old school knob volume control. You get steering-wheel mounted audio controls as well. Honda Factory Performance package is available for the 2019 Honda Fit Turbo and it comes at an additional cost.

2019 Honda Fit Turbo - rear

2019 Honda Fit Turbo – Price and Availability

The expected base price of 2019 Honda Fit Turbo is approx $17000 and the top trim price is approx $21000. It will reach showrooms sometimes in late 2018. As a matter of fact, you will find it hard to dislike the new 2019 Honda Fit Turbo. The design may not be avant garde but it is not boring either. The Sport trim does look stylish both inside and outside. In cabin utility section, the new 2019 Honda Fit Turbo slaughters the rivals. It has nearly every slot and bins to store small items and foods.

The Magic Seat lets you store nearly anything you may want in a journey in the cabin. There is only one power train choice and it is not slow. You do not get any hybrid setup but fuel economy is really very good. The safety features set is also impressive and all trims can be equipped with Honda Sensing suite. The infotainment is the Achilles’ heel in an otherwise well performing car. Despite the glitch, the new Honda Fit Turbo 2019 comes across as a superb and value for money compact hatchback. It does punch above its weight.

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