Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will launch the all-new Fit and Fit Hybrid in Japan on 6 September. (Earlier post.) The Fit Hybrid features the new, one-motor Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) system (earlier post), which performs off-the-line starts in EV mode.
|Fit Hybrid. Click to enlarge.|
Based on driving conditions, the hybrid system can automatically link and unlink the motor and gasoline engine, switching among three different drive modes. By switching automatically among EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive based on driving conditions, this system delivers fuel economy of 36.4 km/L (85 mpgUS, 2.8 l/100 km) in JC08 mode, the highest of any hybrid vehicle available in Japan, excluding plug-in hybrids, Honda said, and high responsiveness throughout the rpm range.
The hybrid model features a 1.5L Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine; 7-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) with internal high-output motor; and IPU (Intelligent Power Unit) with internal lithium-ion battery.
An electric servo braking system increases regeneration efficiency, while the fully electric compressor reduces engine load. These and other advanced technologies help the new hybrid system offer more than 35% higher fuel economy than Honda’s previous IMA hybrid system.
The all-new 1.3L Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC gasoline-engine Fit features a newly designed engine that achieves fuel economy of 26.0 km/L (61 mpgUS, 3.8 l/100 km) in JC08 mode, rivaling that of previous Honda hybrids, along with very high output. The all-new 1.5 L gasoline-engine Fit leverages Honda’s proprietary direct injection technology to produce high output.
Honda has further refined the center tank layout to make possible a significant reduction in vehicle weight and provide roomy interior that greatly exceeds expectations for the compact class. This new packaging contributes to the fun driving people expect from a Honda, as well as to outstanding fuel economy.
First introduced in June 2001, the Fit series has passed the two million units sold milestone in Japan as of 30 April. The Fit is manufactured in 10 locations in eight countries and territories, including Japan. More than 4.87 million units have been sold worldwide to date.