Honda continues to tease us hybrid-thirsty Americans by revealing more details (or letting them leak out) about its next-generation Fit Hybrid. The upcoming Fit, which is known as the Jazz overseas, will get a whopping 85 miles per gallon on the lenient JC08 Japanese driving test cycle. That'd mark a 36-percent jump from the current version's fuel economy and would beat out the Toyota Aqua (aka, the Prius C), which gets an 83 mpg rating there, Green Car Congress says, citing the Japanese publication Nikkei. The standard Toyota Prius gets 77 miles per gallon, per Japanese standards.
The Japanese automaker, which sells a battery-electric version of the Fit four-door compact in the US in limited numbers, will make the new version of the Fit Hybrid available in its home country in September and – and this is exciting news – the new hybrid will reach the US and Europe at some yet-to-be-determined date thereafter. The ultimate goal for Honda is to double worldwide Fit sales to about 1.5 million units annually during the next two years. We think American buyers would be happy to add to that total if the company starts selling the Fit Hybrid here. We'd just like to know when that's going to happen.