Honda is a company that has never shied away from trying out and then implementing new technologies in the various fields in which they are present. It has a huge spending on the R&D division that constantly uses the best possible resources to maintain the quality Honda is synonymous with but recently it has lacked the advancements that it was known for especially in the engine department, considering the fact that it is the largest manufacturer of engines in the world.
Now to up the ante and bring it neck-to-neck with the competition, it has decided to introduce 3 new models to its engine line-up. These are of 1.0L, 1.5L and 2.0L capacity all with turbo chargers.
Let’s first talk a little about the smallest one in the family, although small sounds too underestimating, considering the fact that it produces the power and torque that is comparable to a naturally aspirated 1.8L engine! And it’s not a typo.
It is a turbo charged 3 cylinder engine involving some very serious engineering underneath.
The trend of 3 cylinder turbo engines was started by Ford’s highly successful EcoBoost engine that debuted in Ecosport. Just to compare these two, Ecosport produces power equivalent to that of a “normal” 1.5L engine.
And even then the chaps at Honda say that the engine was designed keeping efficiency and driveability in mind, in that order. If this is keeping efficiency in mind, we doubt what they would make if consider purely the driving experience.
The second in line is the 1.5L engine, which can be plonked into virtually any car of any segment. The engine is said to produce a whopping 202 HP and about 200 ft-lbs. This will replace the naturally aspirated 1.8L power plant Honda currently uses, as the new engine is 15% more efficient and produces a healthy 45% more torque than its 1.8L counterpart.
Now to the leader of the line, the 2.0L engine, which is expected to be put into the upcoming Civic Type-R and the next generation Accord. It is estimated to produce a mind numbing power of more than 280HP and an earth-moving 292 ft-lbs of torque and will be Honda’s most potent weapon to be launched in recent times. Honda engineers say this engine was designed for those who like to enjoy the drive while keeping the efficiency factor at the back of their head, although not completely ignoring it.
The engines will be launched under the Earth Dreams line, which also includes the much popular 1.5L i-Dtec diesel engine that we currently see in the Honda’s Amaze and City. All the engines employ technology such as turbocharger with a small moment of inertia to reduce the turbo lag, direct fuel injection and special cooling techniques such as cooling galleries around pistons that enable higher compression ratios.
And all these engines will be Euro-6 compliant which has taken effect from 2014 in Europe. While the 2.0L engine will be launched in mid-2015, the other two will not be launched before 2016. More information will be released very soon to keep the auto enthusiasts interested.
Author: Arjun Dua