Honda News and RumoursApr 26th, 2017
The internet has always been a hotbed of speculation and rumours but recently it seems like the Honda’s CEO Takahiro Hachigō has been keeping Honda info trackers up late. Here’s all the news fit to print about upcoming models and potential new Hondas that just might be (or might not be) in our showroom soon.
This all new Civic Si will be available as a coupe and sedan with a high-performance, high-torque 1.5-litre, directed-injected and turbocharged DOHC in-line 4cylinder engine with dual variable cam timing…Arriving Spring 2017.
Driver’s of previous Si versions will notice the new short-throw, 6-speed manual transmission and a powertrain that will provide owners’ with a dynamic new driving experience with more low-end grunt and increased torque output across the engine’s full rev range. Peak horsepower of 205 horsepower arrives 1300 rpm lower in the rev range, and the increased peak torque of 192 lb-ft (+18 lb-ft) is produced 2300 rpm earlier and sustained over 70 percent of the rev range. Driver’s will also love the sport-tuned suspension, an adaptive damper system, a helical limited-slip differential, larger 12.3-inch front brake rotors and wider 235/40 R18 tires with a performance tire option.
White Orchid Pearl
Crystal Black Pearl
Modern Steel Metallic
Energy Green (Coupe Only)
Civic Type R
The long North American wait is almost over! Honda’s Performance European-Hot-Hatch is finally making it’s way across the ocean!
This will be Honda’s most powerful, fastest and most agile Civic ever! Powered by a 2.0-liter i-VTEC® DI TURBO: 306 horsepower and with 295 lb-ft. of torque. The long-awaited Civic Type R, slated to go on sale in Canada this summer with an MSRP in the low $40k range is the first ever Type R-badged Honda to be sold in Canada.
The Civic Type R is designed to reward the driver in all driving conditions, on the track and on the street, and features three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. These driving modes adjust steering, throttle response, transmission rev-matching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System. Utilizing new, three-chamber dampers, individual stroke sensors and three vehicle-G sensors, the new damper system offers a wider range of variability for ride comfort and dynamic handling response. The long and the short of it is: there’s fast, and then there’s the Honda Civic Type R. This speedster is the world’s fastest front-wheel-drive vehicle holding a new record of 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds at Nurenburg.
Swirling rumour and speculation that can’t be confirmed yet: Honda will be bringing out a baby Type R with less horsepower and lower price.
It just seems like yesterday that the Accord was redesigned to a sleeker “back to their roots” nimble body/drive type. Now it’s due to change again this fall.
Talk in Honda-land is that this new Accord iteration will take it’s sleek design to a new level with style cues reminiscent of the new Civic but with the performance Accord driver’s demand. This next Accord should be the first one to be turbo charged, so expect performance coupled with fuel economy. Details are few but we should start seeing more details closer to it’s expected release at the end of this summer.
Rumour Mill: Rumours are swirling that Honda may be dropping the Accord’s V6 engine. Although popular with Honda enthusiast, the V6 models only account for approx. 15% of Accord sales. At this time we can neither confirm or deny this rumour but fans of Honda’s V6 Accord engine might want to grab an outgoing 2017 model just to be safe.
Although the van market has shrunk in recent years, those that still need the utility, and the comfort of a van have a long list of expectations their people movers must have. Honda went on a listening tour of minivan owners to find out what driver’s are looking for. Bottom line is a laundry list of new technology, features and a the return of an old seat design Odyssey driver’s have missed in this last generation.
Cabin Talk. Getting no respect from your passengers? Now you can pause the rear-seat entertainment system and use the airplane PA inspired intercom to talk to your passengers.
Cabin Watch We’ve seen parents rig up some elaborate mirror configurations in order to keep eyes on their little ones in the back. Especially difficult to easily see your infant in a rear facing baby seat. Honda innovation brings parents roof mounted cameras that pan, zoom in and will even display night vision viewing of your precious cargo.
Speaking of rear facing baby seats, Honda has brought back the sliding middle seat that not only allows for easy access to the third row, but also gives parents the option of moving a larger outboard seat to the middle to accommodate baby seats in the preferred position.
An Electric Shifter was added for a larger front pass-through but it also makes for a skinny centre console giving front passengers more knee room.
Expect the all new Odyssey just in time for Summer adventures late June/early July.
Back in the early 90’s, when the SUV market was so new it was still a sparkle in most Automotive CEO’s eyes, Honda wanted in. Enter the Honda Passport. Never heard of it? Not surprising since it wasn’t sold here in Canada. No great loss considering it was a rebadged version of the Izuzu Rodeo. Was it a super seller? Of course not. It wasn’t a true Honda, and drivers could tell. What does that have to do with today? Well the reporters that like to hang around the patent offices to see what companies are filing; reported recently that the Passport trademark was filed by Honda with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this past December. hmmm, the plot thickens.
Maybe Honda just wants to hang onto a cool name or maybe the nameplate may be given a second chance at life. Rumour is that Honda is intending developing a smaller Pilot with only two rows and positioned between the CR-V and Pilot.
Will it be named Pilot-lite? The CR-V-Max? Or will they use an old name and introduce Canada to the Honda Passport? Stay Tuned!
Honda has been fighting the good fight for the “fuel of the future” but they still face the old chicken and egg scenario. Do you build the Hydrogen car and wait for the infrastructure to build up? Or have the filling stations in place ready and waiting for your hydrogen powered vehicle to roll into?
While Honda waits for the world to catch up to California’s Hydrogen Filling station infrastructure, rumour has it they won’t be making Canada wait to get a version of the Clarity nameplate here. The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid will be launching in Canada later this year, a first step towards electrifying two-thirds of its global fleet by 2030.
The 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, launching later this winter, is anticipated to earn an all-electric driving range rating of 68km, the longest of any plug-in hybrid in intermediate segment. For longer trips, the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid can utilize its hyper-efficient 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine to generate electricity and, under certain conditions, to act as a direct power source, resulting in an anticipated overall driving range rating in excess of 530km.
The vehicle’s electromotive power comes from a 181-horsepower electric motor producing 232 lb.-ft. of torque and drawing power from both the gasoline engine and a 17-kilowatt hour (kWh) battery pack with a recharge time of 2.5 hours at 240 volts. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid is anticipated to earn an NRCan fuel economy rating of 2.24L equivalent/100km combined, at the top of its class. “The Plug-In Hybrid coming to Canada later this year represents a no compromise alternative fuel vehicle that meets the needs of our Canadian customers today while building the foundation of an electrified future.” said Jean Marc Leclerc, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada.