Finally, Honda Motor Company has managed to create a mid-size engine which would be able to power its cars ranging from the City to the Civic. The 1.6-liter engine (1596cc) was badly required by Honda for diesel happy markets such as Europe and India. Till now Honda had only one diesel engine, the 2.2 liter i-Dtec, but its large size doesn’t allow it to be fitted in smaller cars. The all-new engine to be fitted in the new Civic in the later part of 2012 is capable of delivering peak power of 120PS at 4000 rpm and peak torque of 300 Nm at 2000 rpm.

Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Company, at the Tokyo Motor Show announced that Honda have developed a new generation of engines called ‘Earth Dreams Technology’. This new engine series will deliver excellent performance and environmental values and will be gradually introduced throughout the Honda range.

According to the official company statement, with the exceptional environmental values of Earth Dreams Technology, Honda will strive to be number one in fuel economy in each category within 3 years.

The new engine, designed for the European market, will first be mounted on Honda’s new Civic and will be launched in late 2012. It is lighter than any other diesel engine of its size and with CO2 emissions below 100g/km and 120ps (at 4000rpm), the engine delivers a class-leading balance of fuel economy and performance. The 300Nm of torque (at 2000rpm) results in excellent driveability for models equipped with this engine.

Expect the new engine to make its debut in India under the bonnet of the Civic by late 2012 / early 2013. The new engine may also get a place under the City’s bonnet knowing the fact that the segment is currently defined by diesel propelled cars in the country.

What do you think of those engine specs? Do you think Honda will once again assume the leadership position in the C-segment if it equips the City with the new engine? Do let us know.


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