Following a teaser released in December, Honda has unveiled the 2015 U.S.-spec Fit at NAIAS today in Detroit.

Honda introduced the new Jazz/Fit back in July last year and now they are ready to showcase the U.S.-spec model which will be produced starting next month at a new plant in Celaya, Mexico which will have an annual capacity of 200,000 cars. At the same factory Honda will start making a small SUV later this year, most likely the Vezel.

Despite being 1.6 inches shorter than its predecessor, the new Fit manages to adopt a 1.2-inch stretched wheelbase so it is more spacious inside the cabin as the rear legroom has been boosted by 4.8 inches while passenger volume is up by 4.9 cu. ft thanks not only to the elongated wheelbase but also to a rearranged cabin layout. Riding on five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels, the 2015 Fit is 0.3 inches wider and by folding the second row of seats cargo capacity stands at a generous 52.7 cubic feet.

Power will be provided by a newly developed 1.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine outputting 130 bhp (97 kW) at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 114 lb-ft (154 Nm) at 4,600 rpm, making it 13 bhp (10 kW) and 8 lb-ft (11 Nm) more powerful than the engine it replaces. Power is sent to the front axle through a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT with paddle shifters. With the latter, the 2015 Fit will return an EPA-estimated 33 mpg city / 41 mpg highway / 36 mpg combined.

Aside from being more powerful and economical than its predecessor, the 2015 Honda Fit has managed to lose 57 lbs (26 kg) and promises to bring improved handling, NVH and ride comfort thanks to a more rigid body, updated suspension geometry and new rear dampers.

The 2015 Honda Fit is scheduled to go on sale this spring.

Gallery: 2015 US-spec Honda Fit launched in Detroit, will be built in Mexico

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