Honda Fit Crosstar Custom is one tough hybrid softroader

The fourth-gen Honda Fit (e:HEV) that isn’t sold in the U.S. market gets a crossover variant called the Honda Fit Crosstar in Japan. At the upcoming 2021 Tokyo Auto Salon virtual motor show (opens Friday, January 15, 2021), a tougher variant called the Honda Fit Crosstar Custom will be showcased.

The Honda Fit Crosstar is Honda’s response to the increasing shift in demand from cars to SUVs. The Honda Fit Crosstar Custom is inspired by one of the world’s most popular automobiles, the step-through motorcycle Honda CT125 Super Cub. A matte beige base paint gives a more outdoorsy look to the crossover, and it is in combination with contrasting black color on the pillars, mirrors, door handles and roof.

A smoother front bumper has been used, which kind of undermines the above effect, and so does the more compact perforated upper grille. The lower grille is also different, but it features openings that are noticeably bigger. The lower grille is flanked by two large semi-circular signature lights with a bluish hue positioned inside circular lamps, a feature that makes up for the lack of fog lamps on the standard crossover.

Honda Fit Crosstar front quarters
Standard Honda Fit Crosstar pictured for reference. Image Source: Honda

The black underbody cladding at the front of the Honda Fit Crosstar Custom has a faux skid plate, which isn’t found on the regular model. On the sides, Toyo Open Country all-terrain tires with steel rims are the biggest attraction. A chunk side molding strip that reads Honda Design at the end has also been used to give the profile a special touch. Up top, there’s a Yakima roof rack loaded with two rugged storage boxes, which are typically used on off-roaders.

Honda Fit Crosstar Custom specifications

Powering the Honda Fit Crosstar Custom is the new, e:HEV version of the brand’s two-motor hybrid system. A 1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated gasoline engine and two motors powered by a Lithium-ion battery are responsible for motoring the vehicle. The engine produces 72 kW (97 hp) and 127 Nm (94 Lb.-Ft.), and the electric motor generates 80 kW (107 hp) and 253 Nm (187 Lb.-Ft.).

The special edition may not have direct commercial ambitions but could inspire future special editions.

The fourth-gen Honda Fit series isn’t coming to the U.S. market. Honda plans to discontinue the Fit once the stock of the MY2020 third-gen model runs out.

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