All-new engine claims to offer class leading economy, CO2 and performance
6 March 2012

Honda aims to become the world’s number one in terms of engine efficiency with its new range of powerplants. The Japanese manufacturer officially unveiled its new 1.6-litre diesel engine at the Geneva motor show today.

The engine is the first in a series of efficient units Honda will roll out under the Earth Dreams Technology banner.

The 1.6 diesel – which Honda claims is the lightest engine in its class – is expected to emit 95g/km of CO2 and will be installed in the new Civic at the end of the year.

“With our Earth Dream Technology, we aim to be number one in terms of engine emissions within three years,” said Honda Motor Europe president Manuba Nishiru.

The new 1596cc unit produces 118bhp at 4000rpm and 221lb ft at 2000rpm. Honda claims it is the lightest engine in its class, has CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km in a Civic and class-leading performance and economy.

A cutaway of the new engine was joined on the Honda stand by a prototype version of the upcoming Honda CR-V replacement. A version of the CR-V has already gone on sale in North America, and the European model is set to get a more aggressive stance and more heavily sculpted bodywork than its sister car. European sales of the new CR-V will commence in autumn 2012.

The new NSX Concept also made a European debut at Geneva, complete with Honda badging for the first time. It appeared at the Detroit motor show last month with Acura badging.

Finally, two new versions of the Jazz were launched at Geneva; a Jazz Si model with ‘sporty suspension’ and subtle styling tweaks, and a Jazz 1.2 with stop-start that cuts CO2 emissions by 3g/km.

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6 February 2012

[quote Autocar] Jazz Si model with ‘sporty suspension’ and subtle styling tweaks [/quote]

Why do comments like that never fill me with any confidence?

Now, if they'd have said they were intending to launch the Jazz with the new diesel engine, that would be different.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

6 February 2012

This new engine weighs just 170kg, not bad for a diesel, it could be used on smaller cars without compromising so much the handling. For the Civic I think it lacks power for today standards...

6 February 2012

I've been told to expect 94g/km for the 1.6 diesel in a Civic so it beats the April tax change, which is nice.

All they need to do now is pop it in the Accord for a fresh wave of sales.

6 February 2012

I think this engine will be great. It will perform really well - for such a powerful little diesel engine, it is very good value, sure to be bombproof, very efficient and by no means slow.

Fal

6 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

[quote Autocar] Jazz Si model with ‘sporty suspension’ and subtle styling tweaks [/quote]

Why do comments like that never fill me with any confidence?

Now, if they'd have said they were intending to launch the Jazz with the new diesel engine, that would be different.

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The engine bay in the jazz is tiny Teg, the 1.6 diesel would be way too big!
In the past Honda have made small, light sporty cars that were pretty good.

My Dad just bought a new shape 1.4 (1339 cc, 99bhp) and while it is gutless and the suspension overly firm, the chassis feels good in the corners. I know that in the USA and Japan they sell a 1.5 with 118bhp. It would be nice to see that engine (or better), instead of the Si as just a trim level like we had here.

6 February 2012

[quote Vimeous]I've been told to expect 94g/km for the 1.6 diesel in a Civic so it beats the April tax change, which is nice.[/quote]

What tax change takes place in April?

6 February 2012

I remember reading about this engine in 1999 in Diesel Car magazine, so its only taken them 14 years to get it to market !!

It WILL fit in the Jazz

6 February 2012

[quote typos1]

I remember reading about this engine in 1999 in Diesel Car magazine, so its only taken them 14 years to get it to market !!

It WILL fit in the Jazz

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In the thread about this engine in the Civic, I said that this engine should go in the Jazz. A hot diesel Jazz would be great.

6 February 2012

considering few years to exist on the market and rather not to tune this diesel soon if ever, Honda should now set it 130-140 hp instead of average 118hp to place itself on the class top which as engine producer really deserves

6 February 2012

[quote descanting]

considering few years to exist on the market and rather not to tune this diesel soon if ever, Honda should now set it 130-140 hp instead of average 118hp to place itself on the class top which as engine producer really deserves

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What this engine will probably do (if their 2.2 diesel lump is anything to go by) is be quite a bit more reliable than others in the market. Admirably, Honda don't go for the outright power, preferring to back their engines off in the quest for longevity and economy. Sensible design, sensible application.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

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