[cars name="Honda"] isn’t offering the full scoop on the 2009 Fit just yet, but we have the official images and a few tidbits on the all-new B-segment star. Honda will offer a satellite navigation system with voice recognition for the first time in its subcompact and iPod integration is now standard on the Fit Sport.
The Fit is still motivated by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder, but the engine is new. No specific power figures have yet been released. Honda promises the best mix of power and fuel economy from the new engine, but that mix will clearly be skewed towards fuel economy. Transmission choices include a true manual and an automatic with optional wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Both the automatic and manual transmissions feature five forward gears.
Engineers worked hard to enhance the Fit’s sporty image by tightening up the suspension, increasing body rigidity, and revising the steering system. We don’t have specific information on how these components were changed, but that information will be available closer to the car’s launch this fall. Rim size has been increased to 15-inches for the Fit and 16-inches for the Fit Sport.
Safety enhancements are always important in the B-segment, and the Fit delivers. Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure is now built into the Fit along with active head restraints. Electronic stability control is optional for 2009. The usual mix of advanced airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake force distribution round out Fit’s safety features.
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