Euro-Spec Honda Civic Getting New 1.6-Liter i-DTEC Diesel from March 2018
Honda announced this week that it will be providing the European Honda Civic lineup with a totally revamped 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine beginning in March of next year.
Available from March 2018, the 120-ps (118 horsepower) 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel will be offered on both four-door and five-door 10th-gen Civics. Built at Swindon’s Honda of the UK Manufacturing facility, the new diesel engine is among the first to be tested under the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle, as well as the Real Driving Emission (RDE) procedure.
According to Honda, WLTP testing has the new 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel with fuel economy of 76.3 miles per gallon and approximately 99 g/km of CO2 emissions. The WLTP cycle replaces the former standard of the New European Driving Cycle, improving numbers by sourcing actual driving data as opposed to basing its numbers on theoretical driving.
To better appease the RDE procedure, which tests NOx and particulate emissions, the new diesel engine is equipped with an improved NOx Storage Converter that captures nitrogen oxide gasses and stores them until the regeneration cycle.
In addition to improved fuel efficiency and emissions, the new 1.6-liter i-DTEC will maintain its output of 120 ps (118 horsepower) @ 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque @ 2,000 rpm. It will also deliver a 0-62 mph time of 10.4 seconds.
Honda also revealed that it will be offering a nine-speed automatic transmission for the Civic beginning in mid-2018, which marks the transmission’s first application in a two-wheel-drive vehicle.