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Honda Fits 2020 Honda Civic Si With More Updates Ahead of Sept 6 Sale

2020 Honda Civic Si Coupe

Japanese automaker Honda is giving its famed Civic Si more exterior updates, faster acceleration, safety features, and 18-inch matte black wheels. The coupe and sedan versions will go on sale on September 6.

Exterior Styling

The 2020 Civic Si is now equipped with lower-bumper fog lights that have now been turned into LED units. They are also encased in gloss-black surrounds and has a body-color crossbar. The grille crossbar has also been updated. It is narrower than before. Both the Coupe and Sedan versions will enjoy LED headlights that have wider and longer light beams.

At the back, the Si sedan will have body-color inserts at the sides of the bumper while the Sedan and Coupe will enjoy 18-inch matte black wheels wrapped in all-season tires.

Interior Upgrades

Inside, the sport seats have been upgraded with red accents on the bottom and backs. There’s also a new red trim that highlights the instrument panel. These are all updates from the 2019 model changes that included an updated audio display system with physical buttons and volume knob, as well as larger cupholders.

Acceleration Tweak

The 2020 Honda Civic Si has the same 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four unit that produces 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Again, that engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The only thing updated performance-wise in the 2020 Civic Si model is the more responsive acceleration. The 2020’s final-drive ratio is shorter by 6%, which means better acceleration.

Also, all trim levels of the Sedan and Coupe will get as standard safety and driver-assist features such as automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation braking. There’s also the Active Sound Control, so the engine sounds a lot more powerful during aggressive driving.

The Sedan and Coupe versions have a starting price of $25,930 including destination. That’s a $700 increase from the 2019 model.

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring Adds Another Manual Gearbox

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring

Honda is adding a manual transmission option for its 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring trim. The manual transmission was offered only for the Sport trim before. If you’re a fan of a manual gearbox, you’re in for luck because this also means that the option will be priced much less than the CVT.

The six-speed manual transmission will be an option along with a CVT. It costs $800 less than the automatic transmission option. Aside from that, the Sport Touring trim also gets better LED headlights that throw longer and wider beams. It also now has the HomeLink Wireless Control System that can activate devices such as garage doors, RF-controlled lighting, gates, and locks.

Remote start and keyless entry will come standard even on the CVT on the Sport Touring and Sport trim. On the Sport model, the infotainment system added a seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The number of speakers has also been doubled from four to eight on the current models.

The Civic Hatchback received upgrades for the 2020 model year. it adopted the same features as the sedan and the coupe, which received some upgrades last year. However, the new model has sharper bumpers and body-colored crossbars on the front and rear end. It has revised fog light surrounds, black headlight trim, and new wheels in either dark gray or black.

The cabin’s instrument panels look different depending on the trim levels. The LX and EX have a painted pattern. The Sport has geometric shapes. The EX-L and Sport Touring went with brushed black surfacing. The EX has an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat standard equipment and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. All models have better noise-quelling features.

Prices went slightly up. The LX is now priced at $22,580 (up by $200) for the CVT while the Sport costs $23,680 for the 6MT and $24,480 for the CVT. The EX is priced at $25,080 for the CVT and the EX-L is for $26,280 for the CVT. The Sport Touring will cost $28,980 for the 6MT and $29,780 for the CVT.

2019 Honda Jazz Hybrid Is Going To Look Like A Mini SUV

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Big changes in the auto industry—both on how cars look and perform now—prompted Honda to give its much-loved small car lineup a needed boost. Everything will start with the best-selling Honda Jazz, which will get a hybrid engine and a more rugged and aggressive look.

This fourth-generation Jazz will be revealed when the model takes center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. Although Honda plans to electrify its range, the new Jazz will still be hybrid only.

The Jazz has always been known for its upright MPV-like appearance, but it looks like that’s about to change. The new Jazz shall give mini SUVs a run for their money since it will look like a shortened version of a sports utility vehicle. Think SEAT Arona and Citroen C3 Aircross. That’s how the Jazz is going to look like.

This means that the front end will have larger and bolder headlamp units and grille, a front bumper finished in black around the lower edges, roof rails as standard, and wheel arch cladding covered in dark trim.

Around the back, the taillights now support horizontal units that sit just below the rear window. The hatch will cut deep into the back bumper, which is the same with previous models. This design intends to allow Jazz owners to load heavier and bulkier items into the car.

Overall, the Jazz will measure four meters long, the same as other conventional superminis in the market. It’s not too far off from the current model.

However, the new Jazz is going to use a new platform, too. This architecture will allow the car to be more practical in design and performance. It will also accommodate the advanced hybrid technology Honda is considering itself to be a pioneer.

The current Jazz is already pretty impressive inside but the new-generation model will feature a large infotainment screen with dials below for climate control functions.

We’re Captivated By The Honda E Touchscreen Dashboard

Anyone who can work a smartphone can work the touchscreen dashboard of the new Honda E, which, by the way, has already captivated experts. From the exterior to the interior, the Honda E is living up to the hype. The dashboard that has pillar-to-pillar screens is the main event in the cabin.

Honda recently released a video about how a driver can work and interact with its new dashboard. The panel is composed of five high-definition color displays while two six-inch screens on the edges show the feed from the exterior camera mirrors.

The driver will enjoy the 8.8-inch TFT screen in front. This shows the digital instrument cluster. In the middle of that long panel of the screen are two 12.3-inch LCD screens where the infotainment system is located.

These screens can be customized. All the driver has to do is swipe the tiles to move them from the options menu on the left to the column that shows the favorite apps. A button located above the favorites menu cascades the open tiles so the driver can get back to the previous screen.

The input portion is on the left screen and the display portion is on the right. Both the driver and the passenger can work the screens separately. The driver can use the navigation buttons on the left while the passenger can tinker with the DJ on the other side. Depending on what phone is plugged in, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be mirrored on the screens. When the car stops, the dashboard can play videos streamed from the phone via the Honda E’s wi-fi hotspot.

The Honda Personal Assistant is integrated with the dashboard. All you need to say is “Ok Honda” to call the assistant. It understands natural speech, much like Siri and Hey Mercedes, when changing the settings in the cabin or online services. A smartphone app in your phone is used as a digital key to lock and unlock the car, as well as to precondition it.

 

More Details About Range And Battery Of Upcoming Honda E

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Honda revealed more details about its cute compact electric vehicle simply called Honda E. Although it is not intended for the US market, it’s still worth taking note that the Honda E will have a 50:50 weight distribution that is marked to provide ample breathing room for the car’s lightweight transition.

The first near-production prototype of the Honda E was shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show while the final version is scheduled to be revealed later this year to the European market. It is not clear yet why the Japanese carmaker decided the US market isn’t ready to receive the Honda E, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for this plan to change.

The Honda E is less funky than the original Urban EV concept on which it is based. However, it retains most of the features that made that EV concept quite a star among car enthusiasts. The Honda E’s electric motor will deliver power to the rear wheels and the chassis features a four-wheel independent suspension.

The battery pack is a water-cooled 35.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion unit that is compatible with a Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charger. The maximum range for the Honda E is pegged at 125 miles but the rapid charger can bring the car’s charge to 80 percent in just 30 minutes.

You can find the charging port on the hood. It features LED lighting to easily be distinguishable and for owners to see the charging status.

According to Honda, the company already received about 31,000 reservations for the compact EV. Most interested consumers are coming from the UK, Germany, France, and Norway. That number will easily increase so long as Honda brings the car to the US and even to other markets. While that remains to be seen, here’s to hoping the Japanese automaker sees the practicality in this.

Fourth-Generation Honda Fit To Get New Design

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Known as a Jazz in some markets, particularly in Asia, the 2020 Honda Fit is about to be redesigned and restyled. Since its unveiling back in the late 2000s, this subcompact hatchback has been the Japanese brand’s best-selling compact sedan.

New spy shots of the prototype have been spotted while the vehicle was being driven around in Germany. The hatchback was heavily camouflaged but the spy images give a sneak peek of what the hatchback will bring to the table. The 2020 model will have a rounder and more streamlined shape for the new subcompact hatch.

The prototype also gave a glimpse of the Fit’s new interior design, which looks to be ready to sport a large infotainment screen in the center of the dashboard.

The new Fit will be based on the all-new platform that can house both an internal combustion (petrol and diesel engines) and a hybrid or fully electric powertrain. This supports the argument that Honda is planning a hybrid powertrain as the sole option for the new Honda Fit.

The latest Insight is a good indication of what engines (or combination of engines) will be used for the Fit. The Insight houses a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4 that’s paired with two electric motors that replace the transmission. The Insight generates 151 horsepower but this may be lowered for the Fit since the current model just makes 128 horsepower from the 1.5-liter inline-4 engine.

There’s also a possibility that the Honda Fit may add an electric powertrain in the new model. This works best for the international markets that will miss out on the Japanese brand’s upcoming electric car based on the 2017’s Urban EV concept. The United States will miss out on that concept. It will also give Honda the opportunity to price the Fit more aggressively.

The engines will most likely be the 1.2-liter Petrol engine and a 1.5-liter diesel engine, though the engine will be reworked to meet the BSVI emission norms.

3 Things To Know About The 2019 Honda Passport

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In 2002, Japanese carmaker Honda decided to discontinue the Passport but it made a return at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Honda Passport will fill the gap between the CR-V and the Pilot.

The best thing about the current Passport is it was designed exclusively by Honda and it won’t be a rebadged Isuzu like the former model. Based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform, the new Passport shares the same body construction, underpinnings, and drivetrain components with the three-row Pilot and the Ridgeline pickup trucks.

Exterior

The Honda Passport stands out from the rest of the Japanese carmaker’s smaller SUVs, but it did borrow design elements from the bigger Pilot such as the headlamps and the small turn signals. Honda thankfully made an effort for the Passport to stand out by gifting it with a mesh with small, oval outlets and black trim at the top for its grille. This gives the crossover a more rugged look that fits its outdoor-type personality.

The Passport can also be set apart by the number of accessories Honda is offering it with such as roof boxes of various sizes, a roof basket, and a roof-mounted bike, kayak, and ski or snowboard racks.

Interior

Inside, the Passport offers the roomiest space for passengers at 115.9 cubic feet. The total interior volume is 157.1 cubic feet plus a large, 2.5-cubic-foot segmented underfloor cargo compartment to carry your dirty gear or to keep valuables out of sight. The trunk has a total of 41.2 cubic feet of luggage room, too.

The Passport’s dashboard looks exactly like the Pilot’s with the infotainment system sitting between the rectangular AC vents and the rest of the center stack wrapped in black trim that extends to the passenger side and the steering wheel.

Drivetrain

Again, the Passport and the Pilot share the same platform and the same engine. The Passport arrives with a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes the same 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This placed the Passport above most of its competitors (the Subaru Forester and the Nissan Murano). The V-6 engine is paired with Honda’s nine-speed automatic transmission. As standard, the Passport has a two-wheel drive system but you can choose an all-wheel drive.

Top 3 Reasons To Buy The All-New Honda Passport SUV

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Honda said that its all-new Passport, which is on the clock for an early 2020 release, is a do-it-all SUV. Sandwiched between the CR-V and the range-topping Pilot, the Honda Passport has enough space inside for the family but also has the power to be an off-roader.

Honda has yet to give specifics on the trim levels, though it said that the SUV will be available in four trim levels, including the range-topping Elite trim. Pricing will be announced once the launch date is near. It should be cheaper than the top-level Pilot, which starts at $31,450.

1. The Passport Produces 280 Horsepower

The only SUV in its segment more powerful than the upcoming Passport SUV is the 290-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Passport has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It is more powerful than the 240-horsepower Ford Edge, the 260-horsepower Nissan Murano, and the 270-horsepower Toyota 4Runner.

That V-6 engine is paired with Honda’s nine-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel-drive system with an optional all-wheel drive with i-VTM4 torque vectoring on all trims. With the torque vectoring, the Passport improves its off-road capabilities.

2. The Passport Can Tow 3,500 Pounds

Honda boasts that the Passport can tow an impressive 3,500 pounds. That’s double the capacity of the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano. The Passport’s towing capacity is comparable only to the Grand Cherokee, which is being considered more of the higher-end Pilot’s competitor even in terms of power output.

The only SUV in its class with a higher towing capacity is the Toyota 4Runner, which can tow a whopping 5,000 pounds. But with the option of the four-wheel drive, the Passport can easily tow 5,000 pounds, too.

3. The Passport Has An Elegant Interior

Don’t think of the Passport as purely utilitarian. It has the same fancy interior as other SUVs. The dashboard layout is pristine and Honda’s new digital infotainment system comes standard from the EXL trims and above. It has an eight-inch touchscreen that controls a number of tech features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Honda Announces Price, Specs For CR-V Hybrid Version

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The Honda CR-V hybrid model will have a starting price of £29,105 ($37,370) in the UK. Honda also announced the specs and features for the well-loved SUV’s hybrid version.

Under the hood, the CR-V hybrid version is powered by an all-new twin motor Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) hybrid powertrain. This combines an electric motor, a 2.0-liter petrol engine, and a separate electric motor-generator that will deliver a total output of 181 horses and 315Nm of torque.

To reduce size and mass, the new system employs a single-fixed gear ratio instead of the conventional gearbox. Buyers can choose if they want a front- or a four-wheel drive.

The four-wheel-drive models start at £32,065 ($41,171) and can be as expensive as £37,255 ($47,835). The trim has a lineup made up of four specifications: S, SE, SR, and EX. The top-of-the-range versions will arrive with a heated steering wheel, head-up display, panoramic glass roof, leather and cruise control as standard.

As the first car in Honda’s lineup to use the new hybrid system, CR-V is pressured to show the rest of the world that the Japanese automaker is ready to move progressively towards a more environment-friendly development phase. The powertrain used in the hybrid version will automatically shuffle between these three driving modes—EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive—depending on the conditions and how the car is being driven.

The pure EB and hybrid driving modes are configured for low speed and urban driving, so don’t expect much. If you want more power, the petrol engine can kick in and put the wheels in motion. It is also used to deliver power to the electric motor and recharge the battery pack.

In official tests, the front-wheel drive achieves a 53.3 mpg rating while the four-wheel-drive model only has 51.4 mpg. Emission ratings are 120g/km for the front wheel drive model and 126g/km for the four-wheel drive.

Honda Revives Passport Name As Fourth SUV

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There will be a fourth SUV from Honda and through that, the Japanese automaker will revive the Passport name, which used to be appended to a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo. There were some teaser images of the new SUV from Honda but we can barely see anything since in the two photos, the SUV is either covered in dust or photographed from a bird’s eye point of view.

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While it’s hard to see anything with these teaser photos, the power of digital-altering software is again on our side. With the magic of zoom and enhance, we’re able to make out some details of the new Honda Passport’s exterior.

The Honda Passport will look like a shortened version of the Honda Pilot. That is evident on the window line of the dusty SUV we saw in the photos. There’s also a crease along the door handles that look the same as the bigger Pilot’s handles. The grille will have a general shape that is similar to the wide, chrome-laden fascia of both the Pilot and the Ridgeline.

This theory is supported by another fact: the Passport is going to be designed and developed in the United States, Honda proudly said. It will be built at Honda’s factory in Lincoln, Alabama, the home of the Honda Odyssey, Pilot, and the Ridgeline. So even if the Japanese carmaker decides to divert away from the design elements of the Pilot, the Passport will very likely be built on the same platform as the Pilot and the Ridgeline.

This brings us to another tidbit. It looks like the Passport is going to have the same naturally aspirated V6 with one or two of the transmissions.

We should know more details about the Passport when it is unveiled on November 27 before the start of the Los Angeles auto show.

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