2011 Tokyo Motor Show: Honda introduces new four- and six-cylinder engines

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 30, 2011

Honda Motor Co. has introduced a range of four- and six-cylinder engines at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, as well as a family of continuously variable transmissions that are expected to arrive at the market within the next couple of years. The Earth Dreams family has four-cylinder engines that feature direct injection and double overhead cams.

The new powerplants will be used in the new as well as the redesigned Honda and Acura models. Keiji Ohtsu, a chief engineer with Honda R&D, said that several markets currently on the market may receive the new engines before they are redesigned. To cut costs, several base versions of existing models will retain their single-cam, four-cylinder configurations throughout their life cycle.

A new V-6 will continue to be a single-cam but it will become significantly more powerful. Honda aims to achieve a "zero carbon footprint” and to offer the highest fuel economy in each category within the next three years, according to Honda Motor CEO Takanobu Ito. The new Honda engines will have the following specifications.

A 3.5-liter V-6 delivers 310 hp and 265 pounds-feet of torque. When compared to the outgoing 3.5-liter engine in the Acura TL, this engine produces 30hp more. It also has 11 more pounds-feet. Meanwhile, a 2.4-liter inline-four produces 181 hp and 177 pounds-feet of torque.

Redesigned Accord that arrives next fall will have this base engine. It could also be used in the CR-V’s midcycle change in 2013. Then there’s a 1.8-liter inline-four that has 148 hp and 133 pounds-feet of torque, which may be installed in the 2013 midcycle change for the Civic.

The Fit will get a 1.5-liter inline-four that offers 127 hp and 111 pounds-feet of torque. This is set to arrive in time for the midcycle change in 2012. This 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine has an output that’s comparable to a current 2.2-liter diesel. It offers 220 pounds-feet of torque but its fuel economy is much better.

For the 2012 model year, the new Honda Fit has an assortment of interior upgrades, new standard and optional elements, as well as revised styling for the sport version. With a tight turning diameter of 34.4 feet (curb-to-curb), the very compact Honda Fit is designed to freely move through congested urban areas and through small parking spaces.

Despite its compact size, the new Honda Fit offers a versatile and spacious interior that offers a cargo capacity of a relatively larger vehicle. It also offers the lowest, flattest cargo floor among its peers in the subcompact class, and could accommodate cargo volume of 57.3 cu-ft. once the rear seats are folded down. It offers four seat configurations that could accommodate large objects like mountain bikes and surfboards. On the other hand, the 2012 Honda Fit Sport is gifted with newly designed front grille and bumper as complemented by black headlight bezels.

The alloy wheels of the 2012 Honda Fit Sport now feature a dark "machined surface" finish. While the entry-model Honda Fit has the same front fascia design as the previous model, it now boasts of body-color exterior mirrors and updated wheel covers. Meanwhile, the interior of the 2012 Honda Fit Sport now comes with dark metallic dashboard components for a more unified color theme as well as extra chrome accents around its instrument displays. All Fit models now have newly designed console-mounted center beverage holders.

Likewise, all Fit model now feature console ambient lighting that allows for easier interior access and better stability. In addition, all Fit models boast of a quieter and more-refined cabin, thanks to extra sound insulation measures in the floor, A-pillars, and front fenders as well as to thicker front corner-window glass. The 2012 Honda Fit could now be availed in two new colors: Blue Raspberry Metallic and Orangeburst Metallic.

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