Honda unveils next-generation 4 and 6-cylinder engines, CVT, SH-AWD hybrid system, EV powertrain

Honda Earth Day Engine

At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show today, Honda dropped a revamped lineup of 4 and 6-cylinder engines along with a family of continuously variable transmissions. Both of the new products will make it to the roads over the next two years.

Known as the ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ lineup, the engines and transmissions are a next generation set of technological advancements which enhance driving performance and fuel efficiency.

Key features of Earth Dreams Technology:

  1. A gasoline engine which realizes top level driving performance and fuel efficiency.
  2. A compact diesel engine which realizes the world’s lightest body, top-of-class acceleration performance and fuel efficiency.
  3. CVT which combines at a high level the fun of driving and fuel efficiency.
  4. A two-motor hybrid system which realizes top-of-industry efficiency.
  5. A high-efficiency, high output electric SH-AWD hybrid system which combines superior driving and environmental performance.
  6. A compact, high efficiency electric powertrain for EVs.

The Earth Dreams Technology Engine lineup consists of:

  • 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 310-hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. That’s 30 more horses and 11 more lb-ft of torque than the outgoing 3.5 liter in the Acura TL.
  • 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder producing 181-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be the base unit offered in the redesigned Accord that is due next fall. It could also make its way into the CR-V in 2013.
  • 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder with 148-hp and 133 lb-ft torque, will be offered in the Civic in 2013.
  • 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder making 127-hp and 111 lb-ft – will make its way into the Fit subcompact.
  • 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine with output that compares to the current 2.2-liter diesel, will offer better fuel-economy.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Honda (via Automotive News)