The Honda Civic is set to get the new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine from January 2013. Prices will start at £19,400 for the British built Civic, it will also be available for the new CR-V later in 2013.
The all-new engine has been developed exclusively for Europe, and tested extensively on a variety of roads across the continent. As with the Civic itself, the engine has been built at Honda’s factory in Swindon.
The 1597cc diesel 1.6 i-DTEC unit features a 6-speed manual gearbox and in the Civic offers a maximum power output of 120PS at 4,000rpm while maximum torque is 300Nm at 2,000rpm. It promises 78.5mpg on the combined cycle and with CO2 emissions of 94 g/km the Civic benefits from free road tax.
The new engine will be available in the SE trimmed model (£19,400), £20,595 for the ES and £23,175 for the top-of-the-range EX model. The specification for these three trim levels will be identical to the equivalent 2.2-litre i-DTEC cars, but with 16-inch alloy wheels. The 1.6 i-DTEC EX has also been enhanced with front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and DAB digital radio.Published 4 November 2012