2012 Honda Civic to share powerplant with Acura TSX

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 4, 2011

The production version of the 2012 Honda Civic is mostly unchanged from the two concepts (the Si Coupe and a 4-door sedan) of the model that were unveiled at the recently held Detroit Auto Show, according to a report from the Temple of VTEC. The report added that the next generation Civic Si will be available with a nearly-identical powerplant to the one that powers the much larger Acura TSX.

Honda has yet to announce the official power rating but it is known that the K24 engine develops 201hp in the TSX.

This means that the Civic Si is expected to have between 200 and 210 hp. This actually isn’t an impressive improvement over the 197 hp delivered by the current Si’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder; however, the new unit will provide a greater torque.

The 2012 model is estimated to have about 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque, 21% higher than the existing model’s 139 lb-ft (188 Nm). Temple of VTEC also said that the non-Si Civic coupes will have the same efficient 1.8-liter powertrain that was launched on the 8th generation model.

There are rumors that the new generation will receive turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, while the current 1.3l i-VTEC hybrid appears to be a viable option.

The ninth-generation Honda Civic is the latest iteration of Honda’s sporty and fun-to-drive as well as stylish, durable and fuel-efficient compact. Since its introduction decades ago, the Honda Civic has been one of the most popular vehicles from the Japanese carmaker.

In fact, since it was launched in the United States as a 1973 model, the Honda Civic has found its way into the hands of around 8.8 million customers.

Each generation of Honda Civic was developed with a certain theme. For the 2012 Honda Civic, the theme was to build a "futuristic and distinctive compact," which is laden with new values that goes beyond what is currently needed while taking the vaunted Honda Civic experience to a new level.

New 2012 Honda Civic has been upgraded to include extra refinements, more interactive technologies for personalization and convenience, increased fuel economy, and better performance and superior ride as well as improved interior packaging.

People buying Honda Civics come from different arenas of life. They are students who are starting to live as adults and they are teachers, soccer parents and professionals. They are families having young kids and they are environmentalists as well as performance enthusiasts.

They are also baby boomers, retirees and the so-called Generation Y. However, no matter who they are and where they live, these Honda Civic customers are attracted by the compact’s safety, durability, comfort and style as well as fuel economy.

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