Honda has released more official details about the new 1.6 liter i-DTEC engine that would be powering the new Civic. The new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine is the first engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series to be launched in Europe. The engine will be introduced on the Civic at the beginning of 2013. Honda has officially stated that the new engine will be applied to the new CR-V as well. The company also asserts that the Earth Dreams Technology will be applied to Honda’s entire product lineup in the future.
The specs for the new engine are impressive with 120 PS of power and 300 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. CO2 emissions stand at a meager 94 g/km, and claimed fuel efficiency is a towering 27.7 kmpl.
Specifically designed for the European market, the new engine is expected to make it to India as well under the hood of the new Civic. Currently the engine is being produced at the Honda factory in Swindon, UK, where is produced alongside the 2.2 liter i-DTEC unit.
The salient features of the new 1.6 liter i-DTEC engine are
- Lightest diesel engine in its class
- At 1500rpm, the 1.6-litre i-DTEC has around 40% less mechanical friction than the 2.2-litre i-DTEC.
- Weighs 47kg less than Honda’s 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine
- Thinner cylinder walls with no compromise on strength
- Low mechanical friction, comparable to that of a petrol engine
- Shorter and thinner piston skirt
- 1.5 bar boost pressure turbocharger with variable nozzle design
- Rotational speed of turbo controlled by the car’s electronics, minimising turbo lag
- Optimal combination of low- to mid-range pull and high-speed performance
- Advanced Bosch solenoid injection system capable of operating at 1800bar
“This is a new approach from the ground up,” Tetsuya Miyake, Project Leader for the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine. “There were no benchmarks for us because those targets would have been too low. We were determined to establish a benchmark of our own that our competitors would have to follow.”