LOS ANGELES: Honda's refreshing the Fit (Jazz) and it's going to be more stylish and sporty, while being equipped with the an added safety and driver assistive technologies.
"With sporty new styling and additional feature content, the 2018 Honda Fit ups the ante with new styling and sophistication not typically found in the subcompact segment," said American Honda Automobile Division senior vice president Jeff Conrad.
In the US, the Fit's going to feature a new horizontally layered, two-piece chrome and piano black grille with an enlarger "H", newly designed and more integrated pair of headlights, chrome front bumper accents, front splitter, and front fog lights.
At the rear, the redesigned bumper features a piano black accent, splitter-shaped lower section and new rear cluster lights.
In the United States, the Fit Sport variant will be positioned between the range-topping LX and entry-level EX.
The Sport variant will feature a full body kit, including one bright orange front splitter, black 16-inch wheels, rear tri-strake diffuser with bright orange upper trim line, chrome exhaust tips and "Sport" badges.
It will also be adding two new colours – Helios Yellow Pearl (replacing Mystic Yellow) and Orange Fury, to the current list of White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red and Aegean Blue Metallic.
The inclusion of Honda Sensing, which seems to be standard in all variants, adds adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist system with lane departure warning and road departure mitigation with road departure warning to the list of safety features.
In doing so, the Fit effectively becomes the only vehicle within its segment to have such an exceptional spread of safety and driver assistive technologies.
"Fit has always represented a great value for subcompact customers and the addition of available Honda Sensing to its fun-to-drive performance and unmatched versatility will keep the Honda Fit as the industry's benchmark subcompact," added Conrad.
This is the third-generation Fit's first update since the launch of the 2015 model in 2014.
More in-depth information about the upgrades to the 2018 Fit, including expanded feature content will be provided in the near future.