Honda has chosen to give their supermini a hardcore makeover as part of the mid-cycle update of the three-year-old vehicles. This is a look at the Honda Fit Hybrid RS for 2023, which is said to have a little more power than the current model.
Although Honda hasn’t yet disclosed the new Fit RS’s output. This is due to the Japanese hatchback’s decision to keep its current 1.5-liter hybrid system. Which is said to provide “greater output and enhanced acceleration response”. This system produces a combined 107 horsepower (80 kW) and 253 Nm (187 lb-ft) of torque. In terms of performance, it can reach a high speed of 175 km/h and complete a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds.
This variant, according to the large Japanese automaker, has greater power and better acceleration quickness. Additionally, there is a driving mode selector that is unique to the Fit RS that lets you choose between Normal, Sport, and Econ. Additionally, the deceleration choice on this particular model represented by paddles positioned behind the steering wheel. Similar to the Honda Clarity, this feature regulates the amount of regenerative braking on the vehicle.
It’s crucial to remember that the RS will only be offered with front-wheel drive, whereas other trims, like the Crosstar, are available with AWD in the Land of the Rising Sun. The performance-focused Fit will gain yellow stitching inside the cabin and a little sportier external design. The Honda Sensing suite of safety features will come standard on all trim levels.
Honda Fit RS Exterior
The Fit e:HEV RS stands out visually thanks to its revised grille mesh. Reworked bumper with much bigger air intakes, red RS insignia, deeper side sills, wider alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler. Honda made no mention of a model-specific suspension system or of any powertrain upgrades over the less expensive models.
Honda has modified the front fascia to have a more aggressive appearance. As we can see from the exterior glimpse of the Fit RS prior to the range’s nip-tuck. While black skirting borders the sides of the vehicle, the alloy wheels look to be mounted on low profile tyres. Naturally, if these aesthetic cues aren’t enough to set the Japanese hatch apart from its regular counterpart, RS lettering which flanks the number plate.
Interior of Hybrid Honda Fit RS
Inside, the RS receives new drive mode selector, a new “deceleration selector” in the shape of paddles for managing regenerative braking, and contrast stitching on the leather steering wheel. The rest of the interior, including the 9-inch infotainment touchscreen and the 7-inch digital instrument cluster, appears to be unaltered. Naturally, the Honda Sensing ADAS package continues to be included as standard equipment. Traffic Jam Assist is now standard across the entire lineup. At speeds under 45 mph, the technology combines adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assistance (72kph).
But curiously, the Honda makes use of a lot of high-quality materials and doesn’t feel any less expensive inside; it’s among the best in its class. When it comes to spaciousness and flexibility, this Honda Fit is practically unmatched by rivals. It outperforms rivals not only on the specs page but also in real-world situations.