Honda has announced a new diesel engine that will make its debut in its new Civic due in 2012.
The 1.6-litre engine is the lightest engine in its class and emits less than 100g/km of CO2 which, under current laws, means zero annual car tax.
New Honda 1.6 diesel: 118bhp and 75mpg?
The sub-100g/km CO2 claim should mean around 75mpg on the EU combined testing cycle.
Despite this, the new Honda 1.6 is said to produce 118bhp, with maximum torque (pulling power) of 221lb ft available from just 2000rpm. All told this adds up to a potentially class leading blend of economy and performance – certainly no family hatchback sized eco alternative currently on sale offers this amount of power.
The engine will spearhead a new range of cleaner powerplants, which are all set to fall under a new Earth Dreams Technology heading. As such, Honda is aiming to be number one for fuel economy in every category it competes in within the next three years.
The good news for consumers is that it Honda isn’t the only company going after this prize. Mazda’s holistic SkyActiv approach is also promising significant reductions in fuel consumption, for example.
A challenge to the eco establishment
When introduced to the Civic range in late 2012, the new engine will sit alongside a 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel, as well as 1.4- and 1.8-litre petrol options.
The new diesel will take on an increasingly large number of rival eco variants, including the VW Golf BlueMotion, Ford Focus Econetic, and the Seat Leon Ecomotive – all of which offer comparable sub-100g/km green motoring performance.
Pricing and further specification details will be confirmed closer to launch.
The new Civic won’t be due in the UK until February 2012.