Honda has recently confirmed that the company has introduced a new hybrid powertrain and this particular technology will be used on some of its smaller car models.
Based on the information provided by Honda, the new technology will eventually replace the current hybrid system which is dubbed as Integrated Motor Assist or IMA . The Integrated Motor Assist system is presently used on some of the carmaker’s existing hybrid models such as the Jazz/Fit hatchback, Civic sedan, and the Honda CR-Z coupe.
Since the new powertrain will serve as the replacement for the IMA, it is quite correct to conclude that this will also be used on the car models that were mentioned earlier.
Honda has also mentioned in a statement that the new hybrid powertrain is dubbed as the “Sport Hybrid i-DCD which stands for “Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive.” The Sport Hybrid i-DCD system is composed of a recently-developed, more fuel-efficient and Atkinson cycle-equipped 1.5-liter 4 cylinder engine and an electric motor which acts as the vehicle’s generator. The 4-cylinder engine and the electric motor are mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
Aside from that, the Sport Hybrid i-DCD is also equipped with a lithium-ion battery pack that stores the charges generated by the high-output electric motor. The presence of the lithium-ion battery pack is responsible for increasing the vehicle’s fuel-efficiency by about 30 percent compared to the models that are using the conventional one-motor hybrid powertrain.
Honda has also revealed that the company has already developed a Jazz/Fit prototype that uses the new Sport Hybrid i-DCD. Unlike the latest hybrid models sold by Honda, the prototype is capable of running in pure-electric mode at a maximum speed of 43 miles per hour at a distance of up to 3 miles. Given this feature, the upcoming vehicle models that will be using this hybrid drivetrain are expected to be more fuel-efficient compared to those that are equipped with the one-motor system.
The Sport Hybrid i-DCD is considered as the third hybrid powertrain that Honda has introduced this year. This simply shows that the Japanese carmaker continues to develop more technologies that would improve the fuel economy as well as the performance of its upcoming car models.