After only two years, the fourth generation of the Honda Fit received a facelift, along with the revival of one particular trim that has been featured since the second gen.
The Fit now has five different flavors to choose from: Basic, Home, Luxe, Crosstar, and the anticipated RS. The first two trims had slight alterations, on the front bumper intake and the grille, which effectively grants more consistency within the more normal trims. The crossover trim gets an updated grille, with silver trimming on the lower part of the front bumper and doors. The hybrid motors that power the e:HEV trims got a slight boost, making 121 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque; 13 more HP than what it debuted with. ICE fans may rejoice with the return of a 1.5-liter engine that makes 116 HP and 104 lb-ft of torque, replacing the 1.3. Unlike its home market, China introduced the fourth generation with choices for a 1.3 and a 1.5-liter.
The RS trim makes a return, bringing more of the sporty look that the Fits are generally recognized for. It comes with a new front bumper, a slightly outward grille that ‘connects’ to the headlights, sideskirts, five-spoke wheels, a rear spoiler, and a sportier rear bumper with a chrome muffler. All the essentials you’d find on previous RS trims. Weirdly enough, the Chinese market sold their own take of a sportier trim in 2020, dubbed the Sport. Two variants were provided from two different brands, Guangqi and Dongfeng.
Not sporty enough for your liking? Mugen got you covered: their kit brings much more of a Type R aesthetic for the Fit. Two different variants are presented, one for the RS and the other for the rest of the trims (minus the Crosstar). The RS version comes with red accents on the grille, lower trimming of the front bumper and the rear. Color matching bumper extensions cover up the black edges on the front and back, a Mugen-badged strip above the trunk latch, additional reflective stoplamps in the inlets of the rear bumper extension. Minor details include questionably-placed fake vent stickers near the A pillar and the doors, a faux-vent strip on the tailgate, black mirror covers, and Mugen badges. The second variant, surprisingly, has a racier look to it, even though it was meant to fit the lower trims’ minimalistic bumpers. The front bumper add-on has more curvatures and small protruding inlets, color matching sideskirts, and a simpler rear extension akin to the prefacelift second gen RS. The spoiler is evidently more sportier than the tent-shaped one for the RS.
p dir=”ltr” style=”line-height: 1.38;margin-top: 0pt;margin-bottom: 0pt”>Perhaps it’s just my eyes, but the stock RS has some GR Yaris in its front. While it is fortunate to see the return of the 1.5-liter inline 4 without any electric complications, we can’t help but feel even more jealous of the selected markets for the latest gen. Having been replaced by the City RS, we do feel that the lack of a manual transmission is unfortunate, though no one buys new stuff with stick shift, unless it’s enthusiast-oriented; in which case, the Fit no longer is one.