Honda Unveils Next-Generation "Earth Dreams Technology" Engines

Honda_EDT.jpgHonda has chosen the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show to release the details about its next-generation technology called “Earth Dreams Technology.” The new technology is set to greatly enhance both driving performance in addition to fuel efficiency. Honda hopes this new technology will help it achieve top-of-industry fuel efficiency for every category within three years.

A wide range of engines including the 660cc, 1.3L, 1.5L, 1.8L, 2.0L, 2.4L, and 3.5L will feature the new technology, which includes an enhanced VTEC system, direct-injection technology and the Atkinson cycle. A new downsized diesel engine is also part of the plan as well as new CVT transmissions that will be used by mini, compact and mid-size vehicles. A two-motor hybrid system a high-output 120kW motor that features three driving modes and a high efficiency electric powertrain for all-electric models are also being developed.

The more exciting part of the announcement is the introduction of a new high output electric SH-AWD hybrid system that will be used by large-sized vehicles. It combines a 3.5L V6 engine with two electric motors that reportedly has the power of a V8 engine, but is as fuel efficient as a four-cylinder engine. The two electric motors power the rear wheels, while the V6 mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission with a built-in 30kW electric motor power the front wheels.

When will all this technology actually debut? Well the good thing is that some of it will start arriving next year.

According to the Automotive News here are some of the preliminary specs, which are likely understated:

– The 3.5L V6 will pack 310 horsepower and 265 lb-ft. of torque, up 30 horsepower and 11 lb-ft. in the current Acura TL.

– The 2.4L four-cylinder will have 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. It will be the base engine in the all-new 2013 Accord that is expected to debut next spring.

– The 1.8L four-cylinder will have 148 horsepower and 133 lb-ft. of torque, which could debut as early as 2013 in the refreshed Civic.

-The 1.5L four-cylinder will get upgraded to 127 horsepower and 111 lb-ft. of torque and used by the Fit.

– A 1.6L turbodiesel will have power that is similar to the current 2.2L diesel, but will have better fuel economy.