Tweaked 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine joins the new Civic range from March 2018
Jimi Beckwith
12 September 2017

Honda is extending the engine range of the new Civic with a revised version of its existing 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine - the first diesel in the line-up of the new hatchback - on display at the Frankfurt motor show and available to buy from March.

Despite upgrades including higher-strength pistons and low-friction cylinder bores, the car’s power and torque remain the same at 118bhp and 221b ft. The differences add up to a fuel economy under the new WLTP testing procedure of 76.3mpg, with CO2 output of 99g/km. 

Honda now makes the pistons of the engine from a chromium-molybdenum steel alloy, while the bores have been subject to ‘super plateau honing’, which smooths the movement of the pistons. 

In addition, Honda claims that the engine will be more refined and quieter than before, thanks to greater rigidity in the engine through the use of more cast ribs on the cylinder block. 

To improve NOx emissions, the new engine has an improved storage converter, which stores the harmful gas until the regeneration cycle is under way, while a soot sensor improves the longevity of exhaust parts such as the particulate filter. 

On top of the new engine, the new Civic will be available with Honda’s nine-speed automatic gearbox later in the year. It’s the first time Honda has put the transmission in a two-wheel-drive car, following its introduction to the new CR-V in 2015.

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16 August 2017

Interesting that Honda is quoting figures from the new test proceedure, not sure if manufacturers are yet required to do so? That said, the figures don't seem greatly different from those from the present EU test, so either this car is exceedingly economical, or we're still going to be getting complaints from owners that the test is too lenient and not representative of "real world". 

Also I can't help feeling that Honda is out of step with the European market, since its IMA petrol electric models when diesels were the norm - and latterly seems to be pedalling its i-DTEC diesels, just when the rest of the industry is waking up to hybrids. Surprisingly there is no longer a Civic IMA model, even in America. 


16 August 2017

The 1.6 i-DTEC in the previous Civic was very frugal so, after a few tweaks, I don't think the quoted economy figures for the new car will be massively wide of the mark. Have to agree with you on the IMA comments though, Honda were ahead of the game and if they had continued to push hybrids like Toyota, they could have been in a stronger position. An IMA equipped version of their 1.0l turbo could work very nicely.

16 August 2017

I also never understood Honda's ima withdrawal, they were ahead of the competition with it and now seem to be behind, although New hybrids are coming.

12 September 2017

Now March, that's nearly a year without a Diesel model. Wonder if Honda thought about pulling Diesel from this model altogether


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