Back in the year 2011, the CEO at Honda Motor, Takanobu Ito had launched the company’s ‘Earth Dreams’ engine range. However, the fuel efficiency of the line-up was unable to impress the market critics who, wondered if the Japanese auto giant has lost its edge. Two years down the line Ito has come back with and all new family of turbocharged VTEC engines as well as the second dual-clutch gearbox. The new engine family with great power and efficiency is expected to be powering the new compact vehicles from Honda, while the new transmission is slowly making its way into many new Honda cars. The US spec 2014 refreshed Honda Civic has got a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox.
The new 2015 Fit hatchback is also supposed to get a CVT gearbox, making it clear that most of the Honda cars that are equipped with 4 cylinder mills and automatic transmission will get new CVTs.
The new engine range in Honda’s Earth Dreams line-up now means greater fuel efficiency as well as spirited power. This more efficient technology may be very well called the Earth Dreams version 2.
These new more compact turbocharged engines deliver more power and sip lesser fuel as compared against the company’s older naturally aspirated mills. Ito also claims that the speed loving audience will simply adore Honda’s newly introduced 8 speed dual clutch transmission.
Honda with its new powertrain lineup is simply joining the latest industry trend of depending on turbocharged engines in order to boost both fuel economy as well as power. BMW, Ford and Volkswagen have led the way to turbo mills, while Toyota, Nissan and General Motors are about to join the bandwagon.
Toyota still offers no turbocharged engines in its product portfolio. However, Toyota has announced at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show that it is soon going to use turbo power across its line-up.
Honda’s brand new family of turbocharged engines consists of total 3 engines. The Japanese car major has answered back to the sneering critics with the introduction of this newly developed family of turbocharged VTEC mills. These new engines consists of the compact 1 liter, 1.5 liter and a 2 liter turbo engine that will be soon packed in under the hoods of Honda’s small and med-sized vehicles.
Among these three engines the most promising one seems to be the smallest one, namely the 1 liter mill. The newly developed compact 1 liter turbo charged engine has a 3 cylinder, direct injection system. This new compact mill has the capacity to produce a maximum power of 125bhp and a torque of 200Nm. This new very efficient compact engine will be driving the latest generation all new Honda Jazz hatchback, the newly revealed all new 4th generation model of City sedan. This engine is also expected to power the bigger and more powerful vehicles, such as the Honda Mobilio MPV and the upcoming Honda Vezel compact SUV. Thus, this compact, fuel efficient turbocharged engine is going to power most of the new Honda cars.