Honda's new 1.6-litre diesel engine unveiled
Honda has taken yet another step in its quest for diesel dominance by announcing the introduction of a smaller 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine – the first under its Earth Dreams Technology series – for Europe. The i-DTEC engine will pump out 120PS of power and 300Nm of torque at 2000rpm.The first car to feature the new engine will be the Civic for the European market in 2013 though Honda plans to add it to the CR-V as well later during the year. Honda says the engine will be a fine combination of performance, efficiency and low emissions – 94 g/km as per the company.
Honda’s faith in their new diesel engine can be gauged from the confidence company execs are brimming with. Tetsuya Miyake, Project Leader for the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine said, “This is a new approach from the ground up. 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.”