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Honda to use new turbocharged 1.0L and 1.5L petrol engines


Honda has revealed plans to introduce three turbocharged non-hybrid petrol engines in the very near future as a move to reinvigorate their product line-up with a stronger focus on sports-oriented vehicles.

The future engines will come in 1.0-, 1.5- and 2.0-litre capacities and will be available in a wide range of Honda vehicles in the following years.

The turbo 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine is designed to have a higher power, torque and efficiency output than a non-turbo 1.8-litre engine.

The 1.0-litre engine pumps out a solid 95kW of power and 200Nm of torque thanks to the VTEC variable valve train system with direct injection turbocharging. According to the Japanese carmaker this particular unit will find several applications across the car marker’s range of compact passenger cars, including the Honda Jazz, Civic as well as the future subcompact SUV which is based on the Honda Jazz.

Moving on to the 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, this unit is meant to go under the bonnets of the slightly larger Honda vehicles thanks to its output of 150kW of power and 260Nm of torque.

At least one car-focused website had the chance of testing the new 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre engines on a Honda Civic and were quite impressed with the performance of both.

This idea is quite a big change for Honda because none of the three engines were coupled with a hybrid powertrain, and this is strange because the Japanese carmaker has spent a great deal of the past decade repositioning itself as a very hybrid-focused manufacturer.

According to the company it developed the 1.0-litre for efficiency, the 1.5-litre to strike a balance between efficiency and fun and the 2.0-litre turbo for maximum performance and excitement.

The timing of their introduction is yet unknown  since Honda Japan has refused to commen on which precise models will be available with each engine.

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