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Honda Shapes Up With New 2009 Fit

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Honda pulled the sheets off its new 2009 Fit hatchback at the New York auto show today, just two model years after the city-sipping hatchback first joined the Japanese automaker's lineup.

What left us a little verklempt was the lack of complete powertrain info on the new vehicle, which doesn't actually go on sale until the fall. Honda's press release says the Fit will be powered by a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a new five-speed automatic with paddle shifters (on the Sport model shown here). No word on fuel economy or total power output just yet.

Honda also promises better standard equipment on the new version, including an improved "Magic Seat" that swings into its folding position in one motion; a hidden storage bin in the cargo area; better steering and handling thanks to a better body structure; and on Sport models, an available navigation system with voice recognition. The Sport version also gets a USB audio interface that words with iPods and other MP3 players.

Stability control, side and curtain airbags will also be standard on the new Fit.

We'll bring you a full preview on the 2009 Honda Fit later in the year when we get our first test drive; today we'll have more of our signature coverage from the 2008 New York Auto Show. Meanwhile, enjoy some tasty high-resolution photos of the 2009 Fit.

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