Honda Automobiles: 2015 Honda Fit

Posted on 10. Jun, 2014 by in Honda Canada

Overview
Significant changes were done to a 2015 Fit’s framework to dramatically urge all aspects of float quality, handling, steering feel and noise. The substructure of these changes is a lighter though some-more firm tallness with an importance on a acerbity of cessation ascent points for softened parallel stiffness. Newly designed front and back cessation with revised geometry and check settings and sprung- and unsprung- weight reductions were also employed to urge float quality. Steering feel was softened with a new electric energy steering (EPS) complement with augmenting acerbity for a solid, accurate steering feel. Braking was also addressed with optimal tuning for a some-more linear stop feel. The countless changes outcome in a well-spoken and flexible ride-and-handling character.

Key Chassis Changes

  • Increased acerbity and reduced weight
  • Front and back hurl core tallness changes
  • New strut-type front suspension
  • New front subframe structure
  • New high-rigidity H-type torsion lamp back suspension
  • New back check design
  • New EPS system

Front Suspension
The new front cessation has been redesigned and tuned to urge a startle fullness characteristics of a Fit. Used for a initial time on a Fit, a new couple between a cessation and stabilizer bar reduces attrition to yield some-more linear operation. The suspension’s high-speed damping is softened with a use of a blow-off valve to diminution damping during aloft speeds by fluctuating a oil passage. This allows a cessation to act some-more fast and therefore allows a wheels to lane a highway softened when aspect gets rough.

Geometric changes that assistance a new Fit’s doing and fortitude embody a revoke front hurl core and an augmenting caster trail. To foster steering self-aligning torque while also improving feel and feedback, caster route was augmenting to 0.31 in.

The newly designed truss-structure front subframe is stronger though also 4.4 pounds lighter. Similar advantages were performed with a use of high-strength element and new designs of a revoke arm, bushing and a new stabilizer bar with a incomparable outward hole augmenting from 0.85 in. to 0.95 in., though lighter as it is now vale instead of solid.

The front cessation revoke arm brush rate has been reduced to foster a slight longitudinal transformation of a front circle to catch impact when attack irregularities on a road. The outcome is softened cessation comfort.

Rear Suspension
Receiving a identical blow-off valve to urge high-speed damping as a front suspension, a Fit’s innovative back dampers implement a new dual-path ascent system. This process separates unchanging damping load, that is fed into a top startle mountain bushing, from higher-impact firm capsule load, that is fed some-more directly into a body. The pattern allows some-more leisure to change a startle bushing characteristics to urge float peculiarity and handling. The back dampers are also mounted with reduction rearward desire to concede them to softened lane highway aspect changes.

For augmenting lively by softened hurl drive characteristics, a back hurl core tallness was lifted and hurl acerbity augmenting by some-more firm cessation components.

Increased strength and lighter weight were performed by a redesign of several components. These embody shortening a length of a trailing arm and lighter though stiffer back circle territory bearings. The adoption of a new lighter weight, high-rigidity, double-wall H-type torsion lamp helps to urge doing by dwindling parallel force toe-out and reduces weight by expelling a need for a apart stabilizer bar.

The back trailing arm brush pattern has been mutated to revoke initial play. The outcome is softened response to inputs for augmenting road-holding performance.

Steering
To yield a high-quality steering feel that is both polished and sporty, a Fit’s EPS complement perceived many improvements. Increased acerbity afforded by plain mountings and a larger-diameter mainstay missile urge steering linearity and reduced quivering for a some-more approach and certain steering feel. A new EPS torque sensor uses both steering angle and rate signals to yield a smoother, some-more linear arising of steering support during all speeds, serve enhancing a feeling of correctness and refinement. It also improves steering self-centering from full steering close in condition.

When compared to a operation of a required hydraulic siphon energy steering system, a Fit’s easier and lightweight EPS increases potency since it does not pull continual energy directly from a engine. Other advantages of electric power-assisted steering embody a morality and condensation (no hydraulic complement is indispensable to energy it) and a revoke energy consumption, that helps urge fuel efficiency.

New to a 2015 Fit is a driver-assistive Motion-Adaptive EPS. Using car speed and steering angle data, Motion-Adaptive EPS works with Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) to detect instability in sleazy highway conditions both during cornering and underneath braking and automatically triggers steering force that prompts a motorist to drive in a scold direction. For some-more information see a Safety and Driver Assistance section.

Wheels and Tires
The new boldly styled Fit LX trim rides on 15-inch wheels with full covers in a cranky motif, geometric character that complements a physique design. The 15-inch wheels are shod with all-season 185/60 R15 tires. On a EX and EX-L uninformed and sporty 16-inch amalgamate wheels with a high-contrast multi-spoke pattern yield an even aloft turn of visible sophistication. The 16-inch wheels come with all-season 185/55 R16 tires. A T135/80 D15 compress gangling is located in a under-trunk storage space.

Braking System
The 2015 Fit facilities 10.3-inch ventilated front discs and 7.9-inch back drum brakes. The customary 4-channel anti-lock stop complement (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) raise interlude opening by adjusting front-to-rear stop vigour according to car bucket placement for best stop change during all times. Sensors during any circle send signals to a control module, that can allay braking vigour formed on particular circle speed, optimizing stop vigour change on all 4 wheels.

For 2015, a Fit’s front stop calipers were redesigned to boost acerbity and a stop upholder has a aloft ratio—both measures to urge initial stop response. Also, a Fit’s braking complement now incorporates Hill Start Assist, that helps forestall a car from rolling retrograde when a motorist switches from a stop pedal to a accelerator pedal while stopped on a hill. For some-more information on Hill Start Assist see a Safety and Driver Assistance section.

Chassis Features

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