The Japanese automaker is surely keeping the headlines with its fresh record-breaking Civic Type R all around the world, but it’s also not willing to neglect the standard Civic, which represents the bulk of sales after all.
Honda Civic’s European family will be getting from March 2018 a new version of the well-known 1.6-liter diesel engine – packing 120 horsepower (89 kilowatts) and 221 pound-feet (300 Newton-meters) of torque, with 10.4 seconds needed to hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour). As far as power is concerned, the new version is fairly similar to the one it replaces, but the Japanese automaker has significantly upgraded the efficiency chart. Improvements to the exhaust gas treatment system, reduced cylinder friction via pistons made from highly durable chromium-molybdebnum steel alloy are among the changes. In addition, the new 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine is among the first engines to be tested officially under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) fuel consumption and emissions cycle.
It has been developed as a response to criticism stemming from the Dieselgate scandal and uses actual driving data in a bid to deliver a better real-world driving experience compared to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Under the new WLTP cycle, the Honda Civic 1.6 diesel is very impressive indeed – average fuel consumption stands at 3.7 liters per 100 kilometers (63 mpg) with CO2 emissions of 99 grams per kilometer. This year the new Civic is also the first front-wheel drive model from the Japanese manufacturer getting the nine-speed automatic gearbox in Europe.