Honda will reshape its lineup using new Earth Dreams engine family and CVTs

Article by Anita Panait, on August 1, 2012

Honda’s new Earth Dreams engine family will be making its debut in the refreshed Accord this fall before making its way to the rest of the carmaker’s vehicle line-up. The Earth Dreams engines boast of having direct injection and double-overhead cams and are 10 percent more fuel efficient than the Japanese carmaker’s current four-cylinders.

Honda will be adding Earth Dreams engines as each of its vehicles is redesigned, and in some situations will be available for mid-cycle revisions. Honda is also planning to endow its base four-cylinder engines with a twin-cam profile setup, variable valve timing and direct injection. There are speculations that the Japanese company may bring to the United States a 1.6-liter diesel capable of providing 220 pounds-feet of torque.

Honda is also placing much focus on continuously variable transmissions or CVTs. While performance models and off-road vehicles will still be fitted with geared transmissions, Honda’s mainstream cars will sport CVTs. The Japanese carmaker is also set to unveil its large-car hybrid powertrain system in 2013, which means more of its vehicles will have a hybrid option. 

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