Honda is confident in its new 120-hp 1.6-liter diesel engine, which is expected to pose a threat to its competitors in Europe. For benchmarks, Honda used comparable Volkswagen Group powertrains. Honda’s new diesel engine has an output of 300 newton meters of torque while boasting CO2 emissions of less than 100 grams per kilometer of CO2.
With a weight of 180kg, this new diesel engine is the lightest in its class. In turn, this offers low CO2 numbers. The exact emissions figure will be announced as the launch date nears. It would still have to be tested in Europe.
Honda engineer Junji Yamano said that this new powerplant was specifically designed to compete with VW’s engine. Honda's factory in Swindon, England, will be producing the engine. This engine is expected to make its debut in autumn 2012 at the Paris auto show. The new ninth-generation Civic is where this engine will first be used when it comes out in early 2013. In February 2012, the new Civic will debut in Europe.
Its available options include 1.4- and 1.8-liter gasoline engines and a 2.2-liter diesel unit. Only the 2.2-liter unit is offered on the current Civic in Europe. This unit is deemed too big and heavy in this segment where majority of buyers prefer 1.5- or 1.6-liter turbodiesels.
According to Alessandro Skerl, who heads Honda's Italian unit, the new 1.6-liter diesel engine will be critical in a market like Italy where most compact car buyers prefer diesels. Over 50% of compact segment sales are made up of cars with small diesel engines of 1.6-liter displacement or less. Skerl added that the 1.6-liter diesel is expected to make up 65% of Civic sales. [source: Autonews]