|2007 US Fit|
Honda introduced its new Fit subcompact hatchback to the US at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The US version of the Fit, already one of Honda’s hottest selling models in Asia and Europe (where it is sold as the Jazz), is fitted with a 1.5-liter VTEC engine coupled with a 5-speed transmission.
The 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine generates 109 hp (81 kW) and 142 Nm of torque. Electronic Drive-by-Wire throttle control provides quick throttle response, smooth automatic transmission shifts (on automatic transmission models) and precise fuel delivery to the engine. Friction reducing technologies include roller-bearing tipped rocker arms, a low friction timing chain tensioner, molydebenum-coated piston skirts and an offset crankshaft/connecting rod design.
Fit uses an electric power steering (EPS) system that also contributes to higher fuel economy since engine power is not needed to operate a hydraulic system.
The 5-door hatchback delivers estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg US city, 38 mpg US highway (33.8 mpg US combined). Emissions levels are rated as Low Emissions Vehicle 2 (LEV-2) by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Tier 2 / Bin 5 by the EPA.
The Japanese market Fit offers a 1.3-liter engine option in addition to the 1.5-liter. The European Jazz offers a 1.2-liter and a 1.4-liter engine as its powertrain options.