Honda has announced that a new 1.6-liter diesel engine will be added to the latest Civic from March 2018. The 118bhp unit, unveiled at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show, promises 76 mpg (32.3 km/ liter) on the new, more realistic WLTP fuel consumption test.
The Civic’s diesel engine is a heavily revised version of the one found in the outgoing car’s powertrain, with engineers reducing friction for greater efficiency and claiming to have improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.
The economy figures are actually slightly down on the previous model’s economy claims, however. That’s because the new Civic diesel is one of the first cars to be tested on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure, a test that uses real driving data instead of the lab-based tests the controversial NEDC cycle uses.
The Civic diesel’s economy promises are said to be more achievable in daily driving as a result. Nevertheless, the unit’s 300Nm of torque means it’s capable of getting the Civic from 0-62mph in 10.4 seconds.