HybridCars.com reports that Honda will indeed release a hybrid version of the Honda Fit subcompact (earlier post), using the powertrain from the hybrid Insight. The new hybrid is scheduled for release in mid-2007.
The wheel-hub to wheel-hub dimensions of the Fit and Insight are identical. According to Hybridcars.com’s source, who wished to remain anonymous, “The Fit is going to get the Insight engine. It’s already a proven powertrain. It will probably get fuel economy in the low to mid-50s.”
The source speculated that Honda would continue to make the Insight—which usually currently sells less than 100 units per month—to maintain its position as the provider of the most fuel-efficient vehicle manufactured for American roads. The manual drive version of the two-door Honda Insight carries an estimated EPA highway rating of 65 mpg.
In the interview, HybridCars.com learned that Honda would also release a hybrid version of its CR-V mini-SUV in late 2006. Honda has not publicly confirmed its plans for hybrid versions of the Fit or CR-V.