We have good news for all you Honda enthusiasts who have been patiently waiting for turbo power – it’s coming! Japan’s big three – Honda, Nissan, and Toyota – will finally jump onboard the turbocharged engine wagon, joining the party quite a bit later than their competitors (but with good reason).
These automakers were able to wait so long because for many years, they were already at the cutting edge of powertrain technology, and they didn’t need turbocharged engines to compete. Additionally, waiting longer allowed them to invest much needed capital into hydrogen fuel cell technology, launching Honda and Toyota once again to the forefront of a different kind of powertrain technology.
Honda will lead the way with its new Civic, which will offer a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Accord and CR-V crossover will follow suit, eventually offering the same turbocharged engine.
“Downsized turbocharged engines offer the power that the customer wants along with the efficiencies of fuel economy and the benefits that go along with the lightweighting,” Frank Paluch, president of Honda R&D Americas, told Automotive News.
Look for Honda turbocharged engines to make their way to Valley Honda over the next five years!