One of the most recognized automobiles in the market due to its versatility, quality and interior space, the Honda Fit, comes to market in its 2018 version. The Honda model has received important and remarkable improvements in design, safety and comfort, making it even more complete and attractive to the consumer. The Fit 2018 features new front and rear design as well as modern lighting technologies such as daytime running lights and LED flashlights as well as LED headlamps in the EXL version. In safety, the inclusion in all versions of the VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) system with traction control and stability, and the hill start assist system HSA (Hill Start Assist), which prevents the car from descending for a few moments when taking the foot off the brake on climbs, among other technologies. In its superior versions, the model brings digital air-conditioning and connectivity with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems.
The Crossfade Monoform concept, which marks the third generation of the Honda Fit, received major enhancements for the 2018 model. The model features new full-bodied bumper, redesigned front grille as well as new headlamps and lanterns. The Fit comes with daytime running lights in LED, which change position according to its version: on the DX, LX and EX models, are located on the underside of the bumper – as standard in the EX and available as an accessory for the DX and LX versions – while the EXL brings the integrated lighting system to the Full LED headlamps, exclusive to the version, which allow superior visibility at night and more refinement to the model. The unprecedented lanterns with LED lighting also light up in the rear speaker region, further increasing visibility and safety and are standard in all versions. These new flashlights feature the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) emergency braking system which, in sudden braking, blinks automatically and quickly and intermittently to alert the driver behind, minimizing the risk of rear-end collisions. The DX and LX versions adopt 15-inch alloy wheels with differentiated designs, while the EX and EXL versions receive 16-inch wheels with new darkened finish. Flat blade type windshield wiper blades are standard on all versions, more aerodynamic, cleaner design and greater functionality.
More secure and dynamic
Fit’s renowned safety has been enhanced in the 2018 model with the vehicle-grade VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) system, which adds traction control and stability, ABS brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and BA (Brake Assist ) and MA-EPS (Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering), which assists in the control of the steering in situations of low adherence or in curves, acting in an active way in the control of the vehicle. In addition, Fit will bring the Hill Assist Assist (Hill Start Assist) system on ramps and the ESS Emergency Brake Alert. They are standard safety equipment, available in all versions of Fit, which allow even safer driving while protecting the occupants.
The EX version, in addition to the two front airbags – standard on all versions – will adopt side-type airbags. The EXL, in turn, also brings the inflatable side curtain bags, totaling six airbags. All Honda Fit versions come standard with ABS brakes with EBD, three-point seat belts for all occupants and an ISOFIX child seat anchorage system.
The dynamics have also been improved with the adoption of a new electric steering box with brushless motor that improves responsiveness and driving sensitivity. The Fit, in the EX and EXL versions, will adopt shifting gears (7), by means of the rear wings of the steering wheel, bringing more control to the driver in a more sporty driving, in versions with CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission Continuously Variable). The LX, EX and EXL versions bring the CVT transmission with torque converter and wide range of ratios, which improves traction force at low speeds, providing faster response, linear acceleration and fuel economy. The DX version features a five-speed manual transmission with short, precise couplings, a common feature of Honda transmissions. The entire Fit line is equipped with the 1.5 i-VTEC FlexOne engine, with variable electronic control of synchronization and valve opening. Created by Honda, i-VTEC technology varies the time and depth of valve opening for maximum efficiency at different speeds. Thus, it offers excellent performance and fuel economy according to Conpet, receiving grade A in the category and, when combined with the CVT transmission, A in the overall classification. With ethanol, this engine generates 116 hp at 6,000 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm – when fueled with gasoline, it is 115 hp at 6,000 rpm and 149 Nm at 4,800 rpm.
Even more complete
Complete from the initial versions, the Honda Fit 2018 offers air conditioning, power steering, power windows on all doors, height adjustment and steering column depth, as well as a variety of interior objects, among other equipment .
The EXL version now offers a new 7.0-inch multimedia center that brings integrated browser and connectivity to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto system. Easy to operate, the new multimedia center brings tablet-like handling, allowing intuitive operation of native navigation system maps, or Waze (via Android Auto), and enables music playback via Bluetooth, laptops, or streaming services (via Bluetooth, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay connections). This audio system also comes with an integrated navigator and the rear view of the camera with three viewing angles and color distance indication, with a maximum point for opening the trunk. In this version, the audio system features two tweeters on the front speakers, while the steering wheel brings voice command to operate the features of the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems. Another novelty of this version is the adoption of electrically folding exterior mirrors. In addition, the EX and EXL versions incorporate novelties such as automatic digital air conditioning, with touchscreen panel for temperature and intensity regulation. These versions also receive a central armrest with leather trim, steering wheel with paddle-shifts and electric windows with a touch function for driver and front passenger.
The Fit EX CVT, in turn, adopts the same Bluemeter panel as the top-of-the-line EXL version, external rearview mirrors and leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control. The audio system of this version consists of AM / FM radio and CD player with 5.0 inch LCD display, Bluetooth, rear view camera with three viewing angles (panoramic, normal and superior), auxiliary inputs and USB. The Hands Free Telephone (HFT) system, positioned next to the steering wheel, makes it possible to service a connection through the wireless connection together with the hands-free function. All versions with fabric seats get a new pattern for the 2018 line, while the EXL version comes with leather-lined seats. The LX version adds new fog lights, while the DX incorporates the driver’s seat with standard height adjustment. Both the DX and LX versions feature AM / FM 2DIN audio system with Bluetooth and USB input. The LX configuration also adds dashboard trim, silver doors and steering wheel, audio control on the steering wheel and blue and white dashboard. The Honda Fit also features unique differentials in its segment, such as the use of internal space, with the fuel tank in the central position, and the exclusive modular configuration system of the seats in the LX, EX and EXL versions. The technology allows several configurations for accommodation of long and tall objects, in addition to the Refresh mode, where the front backrest aligns itself to the rear seat, in a slot that increases the capacity of the vehicle’s packaging.
The Honda Fit 2018 comes on the market in five versions – DX, LX, EX and EXL, in addition to the new Personal version. Manual transmissions are offered in the DX and CVT versions in the others – with seven-speed simulation in the EX and EXL versions. The Personal version is an option that brings the possibility of content customization. Equipped with a CVT transmission, this version offers, as standard, the VSA with HSA and ESS, cruise control, rearview mirrors with direction indicator light, taillights in LED and height adjustment of the driver’s seat, as well as Bluemeter panel. Fit Personal also has the equipment common to all versions, such as air conditioning, MA-EPS electric steering, electric windows and power locks on all doors and steering wheel with height and depth regulation. This version brings as main attraction its price position thought of an audience that seeks option with taxes included in tax exemption, combined with the possibility of purchasing an additional package composed of 15-inch wheels set and audio system that activates pre- installed in the model, such as the speakers, audio control on the steering wheel, Bluetooth system HFT and reverse camera with multivision. All the versions have two unpublished colors: White Starry Perolizado, novelty in Fit, and Boreal Blue (metallic), that debut in the model. The line consists of White Taffeta (solid), Platinum Silver and Barium Gray (metallic) and Crystal Black (pearly). The line has a three-year warranty, with no mileage limit.
2018 – HONDA S660 NEO CLASSIC
Just over two years ago the Honda S660 Neo Classic Concept was able to spark users’ interest when it debuted as a conceptual work at the Tokyo Auto Salon celebrated in January 2016. The Japanese manufacturer listened to brand enthusiasts and decided to make this customization package for the small two-seat roadster, a kit already available in the Japanese market at a price of 1,296,000 yen, the equivalent of about 48,500 reals to the current exchange rate. This is a special series of retro look, which will be limited to 100 numbered units, which receive modifications in almost all the panels of the body. The car pays homage to the original S600 and evokes the small Japanese sports cars of the 1960s. At the front are the large circular-shaped headlights, which are surrounded by a black plastic mask and large lower air intakes. In the rear the black color takes the protagonism, also debuting new lanterns and a thin chrome bumper. Round mirrors and retro-looking Honda emblems were in the way, among other details that the 2016 prototype presented and that in the end did not materialize in this version that will hit the streets this month. The engine is the same 0.66-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder gasoline engine that develops 64 horsepower that powers the conventional version, a propeller that comes coupled with a six-speed manual transmission and is located centrally. The official Honda conversion kit will be available in Japan from next September 21. Although the Japanese manufacturer had considered the possibility of taking the S660 to other markets such as the United States, in the end the model was restricted solely to the Japanese market.Continue Reading