- this is the new fourth-generation honda fit subcompact hatchback.
- it was just revealed in japan at the 2019 tokyo auto show.
- we aren't sure if this new model will come to the u.s. at all, and we suspect the fit might be dropped from honda's american lineup altogether.
the new fourth-generation honda fit that's just been revealed at the tokyo auto show is the same sort of appealing hatchback we've come to know and love. although it has attractive new styling and a new hybrid powertrain, it retains the practical and highly spacious interior that's made it such a favorite. unfortunately, we suspect that this new fit might not be sold in the u.s. market, as u.s. honda representatives haven't said much about its future, leading us to believe that this nameplate will be dropped from the lineup soon.
there are five versions of the new fit: basic, home, ness, and luxe models essentially serve as different trim levels with various trim and color options, while a crosstar variant incorporates suv-esque design cues to turn the fit into a little crossover imitator.
the same innovative layout that places the fuel tank under the front seats makes for a remarkably spacious cabin, with rear seats bottom cushions that can be folded up to accommodate taller items in addition to the traditional fold-flat seats that expand the cargo area.
honda isn't providing much detail about the fit's powertrains at this point, only saying that it will offer some sort of standard gasoline engine as standard and a new two-motor hybrid system as an option.
the current third-generation fit remains on sale in the u.s. for now, but we believe its days are numbered, as fit sales have dwindled and are down 17 percent through september of 2019. the little hatchback is outsold by its crossover counterpart the hr-v by a factor of more than two to one, and honda recently shifted fit production back to japan so that it could build more hr-vs in mexico, where the two nameplates previously shared a production line.
u.s. honda representatives said that "we’ll share our plans for the u.s. just as soon as we’re able, in the near future," suggesting that there might be some sort of announcement about what is happening with the fit in the states soon. the new model will go on sale in other global markets in february 2020.