Honda announced today the first details on the next-generation Fit Hybrid that is set for release on the Japanese market this September. The third-generation Fit will be one of the most innovative hybrid models ever offered by Honda. It will be the first Honda model equipped with the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD) that will ensure a fuel economy ratings of 36.4 kilometers per liter (about 86 mpg).
The new hybrid system combines a newly developed 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine with the earlier mentioned i-DCD. The i-DCD system includes a seven-speed DCT system with a built-in high-output motor and the IPU (intelligent power unit) equipped with a built-in lithium-ion battery.
There is also an electric servo brake system that stores energy while braking and provides a fully-electric compressor that reduces engine load. With all these updates, Honda’s new hybrid system ensure a fuel economy improvement of 35 percent when compared to the current IMA hybrid system.
The new hybrid system also features three driving modes that alternate between gasoline and electric, depending on the driving situation: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive Mode and Engine Drive Mode.
Before you get too excited, you have to know that this Fit will not be offered on the U.S. market. However, Honda plans to use this technology in the U.S. on a sedan that it will build on the Fit platform.
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Honda was a little bit faster to the market, as Hyundai is still testing the revised version of its tiny i20. The model is influenced by the recently launched i40, with a new hexagonal grille, two jewel-like headlamps, and characterful lines that connect the front and rear of the vehicle.
Under the hood, we will see the usual petrol and diesel engines, and despite lacking a real hybrid version, the i10 offers a Blue version powered by a 1.1-liter three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. This engine ensures a fuel economy of 88.3 mpg, which is actually a little bit better than the new Fit.
Gallery Hyundai i20
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. achieved fuel economy of 36.4 km/L (JC08mode) on the all new Fit Hybrid, which is the highest*2 among all hybrid models in Japan. The all-new Fit Hybrid is scheduled to be introduced and go on sale in Japan this September.
The all-new Fit Hybrid will be the first model to be equipped with the SPORT HYBRID Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive (i-DCD), Honda’s lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system suited for small-sized vehicles. Although this is a one motor hybrid system, this system realized the EV drive by disengaging the engine and motor. The SPORT HYBRID i-DCD is one of the Earth Dreams Technology, Honda’s new-generation powertrain technologies which realize both the fun of driving and excellent fuel economy at a high level.
Adopting a newly developed inline 4-cylinder 1.5L Atkinson cycle (high expansion ratio cycle) engine, the SPORT HYBRID i-DCD consists of a 7-speed DCT system with a built-in high-output motor, and IPU (intelligent power unit) equipped with a built-in lithium-ion battery. Moreover, adopting an electric servo brake system that increases electrical regenerative efficiency and a fully-electric compressor that reduces engine load, the SPORT HYBRID i-DCD improves the vehicle’s fuel economy by more than 35% compared to a current IMA hybrid system.
The SPORT HYBRID i-DCD automatically changes to three driving modes by engaging and disengaging the engine and motor depending on driving situations. The three driving modes are the EV Drive Mode for motor only driving, the Hybrid Drive Mode for both engine and motor driving and the Engine Drive Mode for engine only driving.
Featuring the highest fuel economy among all hybrid models in Japan, acceleration g-force more powerful than conventional models and rhythmic and linear acceleration feel, the SPORT HYBRID i-DCD realizes fun driving.