|Layout of the system components in the Fit Hybrid. Click to enlarge.|
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has begun sales in Japan of a newly refreshed Fit (Jazz in other markets) model together with the all-new Fit Hybrid, a new addition to the Fit lineup. The Fit Hybrid will be offered at the starting price of ¥1.59 million yen (US$19,400), making it the most affordable Honda hybrid. Honda had unveiled the Jazz Hybrid at the 2010 Paris Motor Show last week; the Jazz Hybrid will go on sale in some European markets in the early part of 2011.
The Fit Hybrid features the same IMA system as in the Insight hybrid, using the same 1.3 liter i-VTEC engine as its dedicated hybrid model sibling. Like the Insight and Civic Hybrid models, the Fit Hybrid is capable of running on the electric motor alone under some medium- and low-speed conditions.
|Cutaway of the 1.3-liter engine and motor. Click to enlarge.|
The powertrain consists of a 1.3-liter aluminum alloy i-VTEC engine and CVT, with the fifth generation of Honda’s IMA hybrid system. The IMA system includes a 10 kW (13 hp) electric motor that delivers 68 lb-ft (92 N·m) of torque and a compact Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) consisting of a 5.75 Ah, 100.8V NiMH battery pack, Power Control Unit (PCU), motor Electric Control Unit (ECU), and cooling system.
The IPU (Intelligent Power Unit)—comprising the PCU (Power Control Unit) and a battery—for the hybrid system is located under the rear cargo area, enabling the Fit Hybrid to share the same flexible seating configurations as the rest of the lineup without sacrificing interior comfort. Under Japan’s 10-15 cycle, the Fit Hybrid has fuel economy of 30 km/liter (70.6 mpg US, 3.33 L/100km).
|The Fit Hybrid IPU. Click to enlarge.||Packaging of the IPU in the Insight (left) and Fit Hybrid (right).. Click to enlarge.|
The Fit Hybrid offers Honda’s Eco Assist (Ecological Drive Assist System) to help drivers achieve more fuel efficient driving. (Earlier post.)
Since the introduction of Fit in June 2001, cumulative sales in Japan reached the 1.5 million-unit mark in September 2010. Fit is currently produced at ten production plants in eight countries/regions including Japan and is sold in approximately 115 countries. Cumulative global sales exceeds 3.5 million units. Honda is targeting 14,000 units per month of the Fit and Fit Hybrid in Japan.