The Japanese automaker, Honda has achieved an extra-ordinary fuel economy of 36.4kmpl on the all-new Fit/Jazz Hybrid, which is the highest among all hybrid models in Japan. The all-new Fit/Jazz hybrid is scheduled to be introduced and go on sale in Japan this September.
The all-new Fit/Jazz 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. The SPORT HYBRDI i-DCD is one of the Honda's new generation powertrain technologies- Earth Dream Technology, 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*4 system with a built-in high-output motor, and IPU (intelligent power unit) equipped with a built-in lithium-ion battery. Moreover, the vehicle gets an electric servo brake system that increases electrical regenerative efficiency and a fully-electric compressor that reduces engine load, which helps the SPORT HYBRID i-DCD to improve the vehicle's fuel economy by more than 35 per cent compared to a current IMA hybrid system.
According to the driving conditions, the SPORT HYBRID i-DCD automatically changes to three driving modes by engaging and disengaging the engine and motor. 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.
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