Honda Civic gets CR-V diesel power, 9-speed automatic in Europe

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Honda widens engine range for the Civic with i-DTEC turbo-diesel

The tenth-generation Honda Civic is now available with a turbo-diesel engine. Yes you read that right, the FC Civic can now come with the 1.6-liter four-cylinder i-DTEC engine from the all-new CR-V.

Billed by Honda to deliver 'exhilarating driver performance with efficiency', the i-DTEC-powered Civic combines a torquey diesel powerplant with a smooth-shifting automatic transmission.

As mentioned earlier, the diesel-powered Civic is propelled by a 1.6-liter i-DTEC inline-four turbo-diesel engine. It's the same engine that powers the i-DTEC CR-V which puts out 120 PS at 4000 rpm along with 300 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm. It is then mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. With it, the i-DTEC Civic can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 km/h.

According to Honda, the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel mill benefits from forged steel pistons which aids in reducing cooling losses and enable smoother piston movement. It also has a variable nozzle turbocharger (VNT) that minimizes turbo lag, and improves mid-range pull and high-speed performance.

To reduce emissions, the i-DTEC engine has a new Nox Storage Converter (NSC) system with a higer processing cell density that enables faster conversion and reduction of emissions. It also comes with a thin silver-coated particulate filter that improves combustion efficiency of particulate matter.

The nine-speed automatic transmission, on the other hand, can 'skip through the gears' for improved fuel economy and faster gear changing. In fact, Honda mentioned that the nine-speed automatic can shift directly from ninth to fifth or from seventh to fourth gear in full automatic mode.

The 2019 Honda Civic i-DTEC will be launched in European markets soon and will be available in both four-door and five-door body styles. There is no word yet if the diesel-powered Civic will be made available in other global markets.

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