|Power and torque in the enhanced i-DTEC engine. Click to enlarge.|
Honda will launch the new Civic at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Developed specifically for the European market, this Civic will be offered exclusively as a five-door hatchback and will compete in the C-segment. The new Civic will reach European showrooms in early 2012.
The new 2012 Honda Civic will feature a cleaner, more powerful and fuel efficient diesel engine to deliver lower running costs for owners. Improvements to Honda’s 2.2-liter i-DTEC engine, coupled with a low-drag body design, result in CO2 emissions of 110 g/km, while delivering a power output of 150 PS (148 hp, 110 kW) and 350 N·m (258 lb-ft) of torque.
The new ratings represent a 10 PS boost over the outgoing engine along with a drop of 29 gCO2/km over the outgoing model.
Honda’s i-DTEC engine received a number of enhancements in the quest for lower emissions. The oil flow through the engine has been carefully managed to reduce circulation loss, while engine materials and components have been revised to reduce friction. A five g/km reduction in CO2 was also achieved with the addition of Idle Stop (start/stop) technology.
Extensive wind tunnel testing was carried out to improve the car’s aerodynamics—a 12.6% improvement in CdA over the current Civic, reduce drag and refine high speed stability, all of which contribute towards lowering emissions.
To achieve a good CO2 figure, you need to optimize every aspect of the car. Reducing the emissions was our key target and we’re proud to say that we have achieved this without compromising the high performance character of the engine. We want our customers to have fun when they drive this car.—Katsushi Watanabe, Development Leader for the engine
The first Civic was launched in 1972; the new version represents the 9th generation. More than 20 million Civics have been sold globally. The Civic range is produced in 14 countries and regions and sold in approximately 160 world markets.
Honda will release further information on the new Civic over the next few weeks in the runup to the global unveil on 13 September in Frankfurt.