Honda Civic diesel introduced to the range

Honda extends the range of engines in the new Civic with a revised version of its current 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine – the first diesel in the line-up of the new sedan – on show at the Frankfurt motor show and available to purchase from March.

Despite the upgrades, including a strength increase, and the pistons low-friction cylinder bores, the power and torque remains unchanged with 118bhp and 221b ft. The differences add up to a fuel economy under the new WLTP testing procedure of 76.3 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 99g/km.

Honda now makes the pistons of the engine from a chromium-molybdenum alloy steel, while the holes were the subject of a ‘super-plateau-honing’, which smooths the movement of the pistons.

In addition, Honda claims that the engine will be more refined and quieter than before, thanks to a greater rigidity in the engine through the use of most of the cast ribs on the cylinder block.

In order to improve the NOx emissions, the new engine has a better storage converter, which stores the harmful gas until the regeneration cycle is in progress, while particle sensor improves the longevity of the exhaust parts such as the particle filter.

On top of the new engine, the new Civic will be available with Honda’s nine-speed automatic transmission later in the year. This is the first time that Honda has put the two-wheel drive, car, after its introduction to the new CR-V 2015.

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