EXCEPTIONAL DRIVING DYNAMICS FOR AN EFFORTLESS DRIVING EXPERIENCE
Building on the Jazz’s driving dynamics and responsive performance, Honda has enhanced the car’s chassis, suspension and body rigidity for exceptional agility and best-in-class ride comfort in the FIT. The ratio of higher tensile strength steel has risen by 80% for the new generation model, helping to reduce weight and improve safety performance in the event of a crash. Static bending is improved by 6% while static torsion is improved by 13%.
The adoption of a new aluminium die-cast rear damper mount structure improves the driving experience. While further suspension improvements, such as new spring material and reduced friction-bush design, plus the rear torsion beam suspension layout, also support the outstanding ride comfort and driving enjoyment.
The front suspension geometry has a low front roll centre to enhance stability, which helps the FIT feel precise, natural and agile when cornering. Its agility is further augmented by an electric power-assisted steering system and steering ratio improvements, which deliver accurate feedback to the driver and provide more natural direction-changing behaviour.
The low friction suspension components combine with the long wheelbase to provide an impressive base level of stability by naturally reducing pitching motions. Sophisticated damper systems also contribute to a more comfortable ride for all occupants, and minimise the transmission of vibrations from the road into the cabin, contributing to the car’s refined composure.
Powerful stopping power is ensured by an all-disc braking system featuring 262mm ventilated front discs and 239mm solid discs at the rear. Electronic brake systems include: Vehicle Stability Assist, Brake Assist System, Hill Start Assist and Automatic Brake Hold.
Honda’s all-encompassing approach to NVH management ensures minimal cabin intrusion of engine, road and wind noise. Increased insulation and sound deadening material reduce road noise from road surface variations, improving cabin ambience. The cabin and floor panel are separated to reduce resonance through the car’s structure, and sound insulation has been added around the dashboard. Noise from the engine has also been reduced through the use of resin material to the engine mount to insulate the engine bay. The sound absorbing materials and thicker glass contribute to a significant reduction in noise intrusion to the cabin over the previous Jazz model.
Additionally, the improved body stiffness and the use of higher tensile strength steel affords new structural technologies to allow for the new thin A-pillars, complemented by the aerodynamic door mirror design, rear spoiler and new alloy wheel design. These aerodynamic features minimise airflow noise, helping to reduce drag and improve refinement.
COMPREHENSIVE SUITE OF HONDA SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES
The all-new FIT incorporates as standard a suite of premium active and passive safety technologies designed to make driving both easier and safer.
The FIT incorporates Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure technology that forms the foundation for excellent passive safety performance, enhancing occupant crash protection. A network of connected structural elements distributes crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, reducing the forces transferred to the passenger compartment.
Passive safety is as important to Honda as active safety to protect occupants in the event of an accident. FIT owners and occupants are protected by six airbags, comprising front, side and curtain SRS airbags.
Enhanced Honda SENSING active safety technology, available exclusively on the FIT Hybrid model, offers a broad range of driver assistance features and driver aids as standard. This new and improved Honda SENSING system incorporates a newly-developed wider-angle, higher definition front camera that is able to detect a more comprehensive range of road surfaces and traffic characteristics, including enhanced night-time operation. The latest generation of Honda SENSING safety systems offers increasing safety in a wider range of situations compared to the current generation systems on models such as the CR-V and Civic.
The enhanced Honda SENSING suite of technologies includes:
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with improved night-time operation to also detect pedestrians when there is no street lighting. The system also alerts the driver when it detects a cyclist turning into the road. In addition, the system now also applies the brakes when the FIT cuts across or turns into the path of an oncoming vehicle thanks to the new front wide-view camera.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) manages the distance to the car in front automatically by continuously adjusting the speed, allowing the car to follow traffic at highway speeds. Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) prevents the vehicle from drifting into adjacent lanes by detecting lane markers on the road
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) system assists the driver to not stray from the road. It alerts the driver if it detects that the vehicle is approaching the outer edge of the road, an oncoming vehicle, or drifting into another lane without indicating.
Auto High-Beam (AHB) switches High Beam head lights on/off automatically depending on oncoming/preceding vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles), bicycles and environmental brightness so not to blind other road users. The driver is also able to operate and determine how much driver assistance information is displayed on the seven-inch TFT liquid crystal display (LCD) instrument binnacle.
MODEL SPECIFICATIONS & COLOUR LINE-UP
The all-new FIT range will launch with four models, the Comfort, Elegance and Executive models available exclusively in 1.5L Petrol CVT, as well as the flagship Hybrid model available with Honda’s 1.5L i-MMD e-CVT hybrid system.
The colour line-up for the new FIT range includes a host of new colours including Opal White (Pearl), Crystal Red (Metallic), Meteoroid Grey (Metallic), Midnight Blue (Metallic), and Rose Gold (Metallic), in addition to existing line-up colours which include Platinum White (Pearl) and Lunar silver (Metallic).
FIT 1.5 DOHC i-VTEC Comfort CVT R319 900
FIT 1.5 DOHC i-VTEC Elegance CVT R359 900
FIT 1.5 DOHC i-VTEC Executive CVT R389 900
FIT 1.5 DOHC i-MMD e-CVT Hybrid R469 900
*FIT Hybrid is available from October 2021
WARRANTY AND SERVICE PLAN
For additional peace of mind, the Honda FIT range comes standard with Honda’s five-year/200 000 warranty, as well as a four-year/60 000km Service Plan with 15 000km service intervals. Customers also have the reassurance of three-year AA Roadside Assistance. The FIT Hybrid model comes standard with an extended eight-year/200 000km warranty specifically covering the battery and related components of the Hybrid system.