2009 Honda Fit for USA to roll out after revamp

Friday, August 22, 2008, 14:23 by Auto Correspondent

Honda is ready to roll out its revamped 2009 Honda Fit in the US on August 26, 2008.

2009 Honda Fit pic

2009 Honda Fit pic

The Honda Fit is likely to sport a price tag of $15,220, $600 more than the 2008 Honda Fit. The 2009 Honda Fit Sport, the topline Fit model, will retail at $18,760.

The 2009 Honda Fit Sport will come with new features and will be positioned in the subcompact segment. The additions in the redesigned version will include sportier looks, an enhanced feature-rich steering wheel, and high levels of standard safety equipment.

2009 Honda Fit - good looker!

2009 Honda Fit - good looker!

The 2009 Honda Fit will have a powerful 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine. The 2009 Honda Fit has incorporated advanced technology within a high-function, small vehicle package. Honda says that the 2009 Honda Fit customers will be assured of value plus economy. Fuel economy for the 2009 Honda Fit will be 35 miles per gallon highway, 28 mpg city for the base model, and 27/33 mpg, city/highway.

A 5-speed manual transmission is standard and a 5-speed automatic transmission is also available.

Significant among the enhancements are the seats that offer multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations. The configurations include tall object mode, long object mode and utility mode, plus the standard five-passenger mode. Besides, the rear magic seat provides one-motion dive-down functionality without having to remove the rear seat head restraints to folds flat into the floor, creating a rear cargo volume of 57.3 cubic feet. Among the standard equipment come the dual-stage front airbags, dual front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System and side-curtain airbags.

Standard features further include air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), auxiliary audio input jack, power windows, power mirrors, and power door locks.

The 2009 Honda Fit also sports the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System(4) with Voice Recognition on the Fit Sport, featuring a 6.5-inch screen and more than 7 million points of interest. The 2009 Honda Fit will also have a standard anti-lock braking system, with electronic brake distribution, and use 10.3-inch ventilated discs in the front and 7.9-inch drums in the rear.