Honda Unveils Fit Twist in Brazil
Could Raised, Rugged Fit Preview U.S. Model?
In the U.S. market, the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV-4 are generally considered "compact" SUVs. But in many other markets, those models are considered to be more midsize, with so-called B-segment crossovers the true compacts. The B-class SUV market is heating up with the worldwide (minus the U.S., for now) debut of the Ford EcoSport, the Opel Mokka/Chevrolet Trax/Buick Encore, and Volkswagen's unveiling yesterday of the Taigun concept, a tiny crossover smaller still than the already compact Mini Countryman. Now, Honda has pulled the wraps off its Fit Twist model for the Brazilian market at the Sao Paulo Motor Show.
At first glance, it looks like little more than a Fit with a few butch-looking bolt-ons. The most notable differences compared to the current U.S. model are a more aggressive-looking lower front grille, lower door-sill accent piece, and a satin silver lower rear bumper accent. The ride height appears to be slightly higher as well, likely to better navigate Brazil's less-developed road infrastructure.
No mechanical details were initially released on the Fit Twist, but the current Brazilian-market Fit is offered with a choice of gas-powered four-cylinder engines, either a 100-hp 1.4-liter or a 115-hp 1.5-liter. Could the U.S. market get a Fit-based SUV to slot under the popular CR-V? Time will tell, but the prevailing trend seems to be toward smaller SUVs.