Honda’s new weapon to fight Ford’s EcoBoost, VW’s TSI
Tokyo, November 19, 2013: Honda has added new weapons to fight the competition! The Japanese global OEM has announced the introduction of three all-new VTEC Turbo engines as part of its growing Earth Dreams Technology range. These new engines come in three capacities: 1 litre, 1.5 litre and 2 litre, and will deliver a dynamic performance, as well as class-leading output and fuel economy.
All three engines will be direct-injection petrol turbos, utilising variable valve motion technology such as Honda's refined VTEC technology. Together with Honda's 1.6-litre diesel engine and hybrid technology, these new turbo engines will be applied on a number of future global models, depending on local market requirements and vehicle characteristics. It won’t be surprising if any of the new engines find its way to India. The new turbocharged engines can also be seen as Honda’s answer to Ford’s EcoBoost and Volkswagen’s TSI engines. The EcoBoost 1.0 litre engine, especially found in Ford India’s latest bestseller EcoSport, has created quite a buzz in the market. Likewise, the VW Polo GT TSI has also found a good number of takers in India. Could they find a new competitor in a new Honda Jazz powered by a 1-litre VTEC Turbo engine?
Based on a completely new engine structure and utilising its newly developed turbo systems, Honda has downsized its engines and produced a highly efficient 1-litre direct-injection, three-cyclinder turbo engine as well as a 1.5-litre direct injection, 4-cylinder turbo engine. Both engines have low friction throughout and are able to achieve class-leading output and environmental performance.
The biggest VTEC Turbo will be the high-output 2 litre, direct injection, four-cylinder turbo engine, which will appear in the forthcoming Civic Type R. A highly efficient and highly responsive engine, it will have an output in excess of 280ps and will be Euro 6 compliant.