Honda Motor Co., has filed a patent for a new gearbox, which features 11 ratios, operated by three clutches. The design patent has been filed by the automaker on 27th May 2016, on the Japanese patent website. According to the patent office, the three clutch set will help the vehicle's motor to decrease the dip in torque that is usually associated with a dual-clutch transmission. The new 11-speed transmission will help in efficient acceleration and improve the fuel economy by offering higher gear ratios for driving at higher speed at lower engine RPMs. The third clutch will also reduce the shift times and power interruption during shifting gears.
As of now, there is no information whether Honda will employ the new transmission in hatchbacks or bigger SUV's. The automaker might use this gearbox in small segment vehicles such as the Honda Jazz as higher number of gears is usually inclined towards efficiency. Currently, the company's only models with 9-speed dual-clutch gearbox are the 2016 Honda Pilot and all-new Acura NSX models. The current model of Honda CR-V gets a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Earlier, Ford also applied for a patent on 11-speed automatic gearbox. However, Ford and General Motors are planning to launch a 10-speed automatic gearbox which has been co-developed. Ford might use the new unit in its pick up trucks, while GM may feature the new transmission in the Chevrolet Camaro. Along with this, Mercedes is also planning for a transmission ratio count higher than nine for its vehicles.