Honda has been planning a Fit soft-roader for a while now, but this time it’s going to be based on an entirely new version due sometime in 2014, “the middle of the decade,” says Honda’s sources. It will be aimed at European and US markets, but expect some differences between the two models when they go on sale on the two continents: Honda will give more freedom to its regions to suit our markets. That most likely means that this Fit crossover will be built in Mexico, at Honda’s new facility in Celaya.
And around the world, Honda will expect sales of 400,000 models of this new Fit crossover. Which shouldn’t be a problem
There’s a slew of such tiny SUV-lets in Europe—the VW CrossFox and the CrossPolo, the Fiat Panda 4×4, the unfortunately-named Ford Kuga (a lifted Focus), and the Opel Mokka, which we get as the Buick Encore. Hell, Jeep is expecting a tiny version of Fiat’s Panda to replace the soon-to-be-discontinued Patriot and Compass twins. In America, expect a taller Fit to withstand some mud-soaked driveways in bigger tires than the regular model, but it might look like it can scamper across the Serengeti.