Anton Andres / Honda | March 01, 2017 18:39
Honda introduces i-DTEC power to Asia for the first time
With the all-new CR-V making its debut back in October 2016, it ushered in a new era for the popular crossover from Honda. For the first time, the Honda CR-V gets the 1.5 liter i-VTEC turbo engine which is currently seeing service in the Civic RS.
This time, Honda has just revealed an all-new, turbodiesel engine for the CR-V as well. Recently revealed in India, the Honda turbodiesel, dubbed i-DTEC, will appear in Asia for the first time. Since 2002, Honda has been building their own diesels, mainly for the European market.
In the past, diesel CR-V's, were powered by a 2.2 liter, i-DTEC engine. As manufacturers push to make more power out of smaller engines, the new CR-V i-DTEC's engine is now at just 1.6-liters. Despite that, this new, smaller engine produces 160 PS and 350 Nm of torque. This puts it on par with the 2.2 liter i-DTEC engine in terms of power and torque.
Unlike the gas-powered CR-Vs, the i-DTEC engine is mated to a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. This is the first time Honda has paired their nine-speed DCT to a turbodiesel engine.
Back in December 2016, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. president Toshio Kuwahara confirmed that the fifth-generation CR-V will make its local debut this year. According to a reliable source, the Philippine-spec 2017 CR-V's will also be available with the turbodiesel engine mentioned above. If so, it will be the first time Honda will be offering a diesel in the Philippines.