Honda SA has announced the addition of an all-new turbocharged diesel engine to its Civic hatchback range.
The four-cylinder 1.6 i-DTEC, Honda says, is the lightest diesel engine in its class and weighs less than its current 2.2 i-DTEC.
The engine incorporates Honda’s new Earth Dreams Technology which is said to allow it to deliver on the performance stakes – it produces 88kW at 4000rpm and 300Nm at 2000rpm – without compromising on fuel economy or emissions. Honda claims a fuel consumption figure of 4.1 litres/100km and a CO2 emissions figure of 109g/km.
Suehiro Hasshi, large project leader for the 1.6 i-DTEC, explains: “We wanted to create a fun-to-drive car with the correct balance of attributes. The whole development team worked together to give the engine an appropriate stage on which to perform.”
The ‘appropriate stage’ includes aerodynamic and suspension tweaks, while the reduction of 47kg over the front axle (from the 2.2’s release) should also provide improved steering feel and handling.
An all-new six-speed manual transmission has also been developed for use with the 1.6 i-DTEC engine. It is 7kg lighter than the transmission on the 2.2 i-DTEC.
The new 1.6 is built at Honda’s Swindon plant in the UK.
The engine will be available in South Africa in the Executive grade only where standard features include heated leather seats, automatic wipers, automatic headlights and a reverse camera.
The 1.6 i-DTEC Executive costs R299 900 and comes with a five-year or 90 000km service plan, a three year or 100 000km warranty and one year’s AA roadside assistance. Service intervals are every 15 000km.