According to a leaked presentation that was captured on time, the all new Honda Civic will also have a manual transmission option to go with its brand new turbocharged engine variant.
Fan forums have debated the information and the presentation screenshot from a Honda supplier that shows the all new 1.5 turbo model will go hand in hand with a 6-speed manual transmission for the 2017 model year – so far the Civic 1.5 turbo only got a CVT – continuously variable transmission. According to the leaked presentation screenshot the six speed manual gearbox would also land on the entry-level LX model, and was actually also scheduled to hit the 2016 model year but was met with an unexpected delay.
The latest bit of information puts the turbo engine on par with the manual transmission following the launch of the 2016 Civic Coupe come March 2016 and could also be reserved for the introduction of the 2017 Civic Si model. Currently the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill is providing 174 bhp (129 kW) and 162 lb-ft (219 Nm) of torque and a different bit of leaked information – sourced from a poster showcased during the Orange County International Auto Show had the motor return 42 mpg on the highway test cycle. The entry level engine for the all new Civic is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated powerplant churning out 158 bhp (117 kW) and 138 lb-ft (186 Nm) of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission and also boasting “more than 40 mpg” on the highway.