Honda Motor Corporation has just launched the latest generation vezel in Japan. The crossover, named as the Honda HR-V, is likely to arrive in Indonesia in 2022. Like the current version, the HR-V again carries front-wheel drive and CVT transmission for the standard type.
Arguably, Honda became the manufacturer that initiated these two systems on ‘dual purpose’ cars, since the cr-V era. This combination of FWD and CVT is known to produce efficient performance, but is that all it’s great at?
Indeed, this combination of drive and transmission is increasingly commonly used in today’s crossovers. Front wheel drive (FWD) offers agility on fairly congested roads.
In general, car manufacturers design engine layouts with front-wheel drive systems positioned transversely. This makes the wheel spin axis line parallel to the machine’s rotation axis line.
The drivetrain design in this drive system is simpler in terms of mechanical components. Thus, the rotation of the engine is directly distributed by the transmission to the wheels, in the absence of axles or axles such as in rear-wheel drive.
Vehicle manufacturers are now increasingly paying attention to the economic side to the production of a model by looking at the habitat where the car is often used. It is also a consideration of manufacturers in providing a wheel drive system in a model.
Because, All New Honda Vezel or HR-V 2022 habitat is often only used on asphalt roads. Thus, front-wheel drive is considered sufficient to accommodate it.
The reason car manufacturers are now more inclined to release FWD cars is none other than because the production cost of making front-wheel drive cars is cheaper.
Can be compared with the production cost of making rear wheel drive (RWD) in the same category of cars. Thus, RWD cars are more expensive because of their considerable components due to the presence of axles and some supporting components.
The advantages of FWD are in the traction of cars on slippery roads in the rain. Tyre traction is better on slippery roads, as the front wheels pull the rear wheels. The chances of this skid or twisting car are relatively minimal so it promises steady handling.
Another advantage of front-wheel drive is the weight side of the vehicle. FWD cars can be lighter due to the absence of flywheels or flywheels and axle shafts to deliver power to the rear wheels.
With a relatively light car, it will significantly reduce fuel consumption and accelerate faster for asphalt terrain. Moreover, Honda Vezel or HR-V always use CVT transmission.
CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission is a transmission that does not have percenteling gears such as in manual transmission cars or conventional automatic transmission cars.
Transmission with steel belt is a mainstay in almost all Honda models in Indonesia. Honda’s Earth Dream technology on CVT aims to deliver smooth and efficient driving performance.
The cvt transmission performance makes the car accelerate smoothly and glide gradually. This is what makes CVT transmission cars feel comfortable to drive everyday in the city.
So when the car is driven, we simply enter position D. The driver does not have to pass the gear lever after moving to the Drive position.
The pulley ratio of belt drive varies greatly. The range can exceed conventional 5 or 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
This comparison of pulley and belt length keeps the engine turning so that it can be at a high level of efficiency at all times. It also has a fairly simple design, as this uncomplicated transmission device makes production costs cheaper.
Honda in designing this car is famous for its skill with space optimization. Although from the outside the car looks small, but the interior can still feel relieved. This is one of them supported by FWD drive.
The position of the engine on the front wheel drive is generally transverse and no axle makes the deck stand out. As a result, the car cabin can also be made more optimal and relieved because the cabin floor can be made more evenly.
Nevertheless, the consequences of the FWD system have a construction that makes the front wheels work harder. In addition to regulating the direction of the vehicle, the wheel also serves as a drive.