Honda will replace its IMA hybrid system by i-DCD, more efficient technology combining Atkinson engine and electric motor located in a gearbox DCT dual-clutch 7-speed. We had already had a glimpse of the next generation of hybrid engines developed by Honda with the system battery to extend autonomy of the Accord Plug-in Hybrid introduced in early September and Sport Hybrid System SH-AWD the future NSX . The Japanese brand today revealed its new i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive), to replace the modest IMA Insight, CR-Z and the Jazz Hybrid models in urban and mid-size. This is also a Jazz that was created prototype unveiled yesterday.
With the i-DCD engine, Honda approaches the system “full-hybrid” Toyota HSD, combining a new 4-cylinder engine 1.4-liter Atkinson-cycle and an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries. But it is located in the gearbox, not type CVT but DCT 7-speed dual clutch! This is also the plan adopted by Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid’s .
The idea is to combine good performance and effective occasions with a significant drop in consumption. Honda recalls 30% fuel savings with i-DCD compared with the IMA. I must say that this time, this hybrid will have a real all-electric mode at startup and speed stabilized. Announced autonomy is about 3 km, 50 km / h average.
For the moment, no figure of power, nor for the engine or the electric motor, was unveiled. One can imagine different levels depending on the model. The DCD-i engine Honda should make its appearance on the next generation of models with IMA system.