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by Adam Lynton
The tiny SUV festival continues in Sao Paulo, as Honda serves up a new model variant exclusively for Brazil.
It's compact crossover time in Brazil this week, and following Volkswagen, Hyundai and Renault's mini-ute reveals at the Sao Paulo Motor Show, Honda has joined the party with its crossover subcompact, the all-new Fit Twist, developed exclusively for the Brazilian market. A more robust variant of the Fit (also known as the Jazz in some markets), the Twist boasts plastic cladding on its bumpers, wheel arches and side sills, and sports a matte aluminum finish on the protective guards, mirror caps and taller roof bars.
It also gets 16-inch alloys, a restyled front grille, clear taillight fixtures and darkened headlamps. A largely unchanged interior includes new upholstery, waterproof carpeting in the boot, and chrome touches on the dash, handbrake and air vents. Power comes from a 1.5-liter flex-fuel engine producing 116 horsepower on ethanol and 115 hp on gasoline, mated to a choice of transmissions driving the front wheels. The Fit Twist will hit Brazilian showrooms at the end of the month with prices starting at R$57,900 (or about $28k in USD.)