|1.6-liter i-DTEC. Click to enlarge.|
Honda’s new 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine in the new Civic will deliver CO2 emissions of 95 g/km, according to Honda Motor Europe’s President, Manabu Nishimae, in his presentation at the Geneva Motor Show. This is a 15-gram drop (13.6%) from the 110 g/km emissions of the enhanced 2.2L i-DTEC introduced in September 2011 at the Frankfurt show. (Earlier post.)
The 1.6-liter i-DTEC offers maximum power output of 118 hp (88 kW) at 4000 rpm, and 300 N·m (221 lb-ft) of torque at 2000 rpm). The new 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine is the first of Honda’s new Earth Dreams Technology engine series (earlier post) to be introduced into Europe. It will be manufactured at Honda’s UK manufacturing facility in Swindon from the end of 2012.
|Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Earth Dreams. Click to enlarge.|
The application of new high-strength material in the cylinder head has enabled Honda to deliver the world’s lightest aluminium open deck 1.6-liter diesel engine.
By downsizing from the outgoing 2.2L engine and extensively reducing mechanical friction in each section, a friction level equivalent to present gasoline engine models was achieved.
The engine features an optimized thermal management system due to improvements in the cooling system. A compact, high-efficiency turbocharger and weight reduction in the reciprocating sliding section realizes a sporty and nimble ride, according to Honda.
Honda will also renew our entire European engine line-up, with a new engine series called Earth Dreams Technology. With these engines we aim to be Number 1 in fuel economy in each sector within 3 years.—Manabu Nishimae