Honda Civic enhanced 1.6 litre i-DTEC engine on the way next March

Author: JT Hughes


We are already excited about the arrival of a brand new, upgraded Honda diesel engine which will be available as part of the Honda Civic range in our showroom from March 2018.

The newly announced 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine features a series of enhancements, from a powertrain upgrade consisting of low-friction cylinder bores and higher-strength pistons to improved efficiency based on Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) fuel consumption and emissions cycle testing.

Low CO2 emissions are not at the expense of any power, and the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine’s output will still be 120 PS, with a maximum torque of 300 Nm.

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The new WLTP represents a new era of ‘real world’ testing - using genuine driving data from across the globe - which replaces the theoretical driving profile used by the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test. The new engine has also under gone a Real Driving Emission (RDE) procedure to validate NOx and particulate emission levels. Efficiency improvements are derived from changes to the engine and exhaust system, resulting in emissions levels starting from 76.3 mpg* and 99g/km, according to WLTP regulations.

Pistons have been bolstered by highly durable chromium-molybdebnum steel alloy bores which have undergone ‘super plateau honing’, offering smoother piston movement. Drivers can rest assured the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine has retained its advanced Bosch fuel injection system, as well as low-pressure EGR, a high-swirl cylinder head port, and high-efficiency turbocharger.

The new cylinder block sees the addition of cast ribs, which will provide enhanced structural rigidity which means Honda Civic owners can enjoy improved noise and vibration management.

Honda has announced that the new  1.6-litre i-DTEC engine will be carried by both the four-door and five-door tenth generation Civics, and the launch will precede the release of a new nine-speed automatic transmission which is expected in mid-2018.


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