UTSUNOMIYA, Japan -- Honda Motor Co. is about to unleash a new round of powertrain technologies that aim to boost fuel economy and performance while burnishing the company’s reputation for innovation.
The systems range from a new-generation plug-in hybrid powertrain and 10-speed automatic transmission to a lean-combustion cycle that targets ultrahigh thermal efficiency.
They also include the company’s next hydrogen fuel cell sedan. And engineers even dangled the possibility of an all-wheel-drive, all-electric sports car, based on a Pikes Peak-climbing prototype. The rollout will unfold over the next five years.
Honda unveiled the technologies at its global r&d center in eastern Japan on Monday ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show.
“We’ve added a new lineup to expand our formation,” said Keiji Ohtsu, Honda’s chief officer for technology strategy.
The multipronged attack builds on the Earth Dreams family of powertrains Honda began deploying to the market in late 2012.
That makeover started with new naturally aspirated, direct-injection engines and continuously variable transmissions. Honda now is amplifying that lineup with turbocharged engines and more performance-oriented dual-clutch transmissions.
Next come more exotic technologies that enter new territory.