We already know that Honda’s commitment to turbocharging is high on the car maker’s agenda, with the newest Type R, as well as the next generation (believed to make it stateside), sporting forced induction mills.
So, following the same basic recipe seen on the sporty flagships, the future European Civic line-up will allegedly get turbocharged engines.
These changes are expected as Honda will replace the platform of the global Civic with the one already launched in the U.S market, sporting an independent rear suspension mounted on a separate sub-frame, which will replace the torsion beam solution used by current-gen European Civic. This perk apparently comes with a 25% increase in stiffness over the previous Civic.
Autocar reports that the 174hp and 163 lb-ft of torque, 1.5-litre petrol unit – that has just appeared in the US Civic – is expected to become the “mainstream engine” (expected to be sold in Europe with a slightly lowered power output), while the 2017 model will also get a 127 hp and 148 lb-ft, 1.0-litre petrol powerplant that will replace the naturally aspirated 1.8-litre. To top it off, Honda’s current 1.6-litre diesel engine will most likely find its way under the new model’s hood.
The new five-door Civic will be built at Honda’s Swindon factory.
Honda Civic Sedan pictured