Honda Fit Gets in Shape for 2011
The engine offering on the new Fit is the 1.5l i-VTEC unit which develops 117 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. When equipped with an automatic transmission, the model has an estimated EPA rating of 28/35/31 mpg city/highway/combined.
The 2011 Honda Fit will be launched with several new features as standard, including air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, USB audio interface2, auxiliary audio input jack, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), power windows, power mirrors and power door locks.
The safety systems the Japanese manufacturer is offering on its cars have also found their way into the new Fit. These systems include the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, standard VSA, anti-lock brakes, dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, dual front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side-curtain airbags.
The new year model of the Fit cannot however compete against another Fit unveiled by the Japanese at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show. Called Fit EV Concept, the model is based on the gasoline version and comes with a lithium-ion battery pack and a version of the electric motor used in the FCX Clarity fuel cell.
The 2011 Honda Fit is perhaps the last to go on sale without an EV version. In 2012, Honda plans to launch the production version of the Fit EV concept.