Honda is launching a Civic model equipped with a new 1.6-liter diesel i-DTEC engine in Europe. The i-DTEC Civic, which will arrive in dealerships early next year, delivers fuel economy of 65 mpg US (3.6 l/100 km) with CO2 emissions of 94 g/km (down one gram from the 95 g/km level announced by Honda Motor Europe’s President, Manabu Nishimae, earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show). (Earlier post.)
This is the first engine to be launched in Europe under Honda’s flagship Earth Dreams Technology program. (Earlier post.) The engine—developed exclusively for Europe—will also be applied in the new CR-V SUV later in 2013.
As with the Civic itself, the engine is built at Honda’s factory in Swindon (UK).
The 1.6-liter i-DTEC offers maximum power output of at 4000 rpm, and 300 N·m (221 lb-ft) of torque at 2000 rpm).
The 1.6 i-DTEC unit features a 6-speed manual gearbox and has an exact capacity of 1597cc and in the Civic offers a maximum power output of 118 hp (88 kW) at 4,000 rpm while maximum torque is300 N·m (221 lb-ft) at 2,000rpm. The new variant will be available in three trim levels. Prices will start at US$30,800.
The specification for this trio of new variants will be identical to the equivalent 2.2-liter i-DTEC cars, but with the addition of new 16-inch alloy wheels. The 1.6 i-DTEC EX has also been enhanced with several convenience features including front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and DAB digital radio.
Honda’s i-DTEC diesel technology first went on sale in a 2.2-liter unit in the Accord Saloon/Tourer in 2008 and the CR-V sports utility vehicle in 2010.