The new second generation 2009 Honda Fit Sport has been unveiled in the US and it will go on sale in Fall 2008. It differs slightly visually as compared to the JDM Fit – mostly cosmetics like bumper design and grilles. The USDM Fit’s overall length is slightly longer but keeps the same wheelbase. The extra millimeters go to the slightly larger bumpers which have to comply with US crash safety regulations.
Under its hood is a 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine. Honda has not revealed details about how much power output the US-bound engine will have as this might differ country to country because of fuel quality and emissions regulations, but taking the Japanese model as a reference, the engine should put out around 120 PS.
The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, replacing the CVT in the previous model. This new Fit/Jazz is now available globally with either a CVT transmission or an automatic transmission depending on different markets. In Japan it uses a CVT, while in our South East Asian region and now America, it uses a 5-speed auto.
The Honda Fit Sport now has the option for factory 6.5 inch colour satellite navigation system called the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition.
For more information on the new Honda Fit Sport (called the Honda Jazz in our region) including power and torque curves, dimensions and etc, check out the linked post below.
View more photos and 2 studio footage videos after the jump.
VIDEO: New Honda Fit Exterior
VIDEO: New Honda Fit Interior