The Death Of Diesel? Honda’s New Oil-Burning Civic Begs To Differ

Europe may be looking towards a future without diesel engines, but for now they’re a very real part of the market – even for foreign automakers competing there.

Honda, for example, has announced a new 1.6-liter diesel engine for the Civic, built for the European market in Swindon, England. Thanks largely to reduced internal friction, the new “comprehensively revised” i-DTEC engine promises improved fuel economy and emissions without sacrificing on output.

In fact, the new engine is certified to deliver 76.3 miles per gallon and produce just 99 grams of CO2 – and those aren’t just Honda’s claims. They’re among the first to be verified under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) and Real Driving Emission (RDE) standards. All the while, it cranks out 120 metric horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 0-62 time of 10.4 seconds – not exactly Type R performance, but not bad for 70+ mpg.

To get there, Honda crafted the pistons from a chromium-molybdebnum steel alloy and super-plateau-honed the bores to reduce friction. It also uses a small turbocharger, Bosch fuel injection, a low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation system, and a highly efficient cylinder head port.

The engine will be offered (in the UK at least) on both the four-door Civic sedan and the five-door hatchback starting next March. A nine-speed automatic transmission is set to follow sometime in the middle of next year.

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  • Carson

    “The engine will be offered (in the UK at least) on both the four-door
    Civic sedan and the five-door hatchback starting next March.” There is no sedan available in the UK.

    • Benjamin B.

      Saloon. And true. U.K. has two variants: the hatchback and a wagon/estate version. I don’t believe there is a 3 door version of this generation. The Sedan is built in Indiana, USA. It’s only sold in the Americas I believe. There are variants built in Japan for the JDM though. The USDM Coupe is the only Civic sold in the USA that’s built in Japan. The USDM Hatchback is built in England. The Coupe I don’t believe is sold anywhere in Europe. There isn’t a big enough market in Europe for 2 door fwd coupes.

  • Harlan McCartney

    FYI 76.3 miles per imperial gallon, but 63.58 miles per US gallon is still very good.

  • Benjamin B.

    The U.K. market doesn’t offer a saloon /4 door variant.

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