The all-new Honda Civic will be coming to European markets by early 2017. Honda has now announced that two, new and downsized VTEC TURBO turbocharged petrol engines will form part of the powertrain lineup for Europe. Both are new for Europe, but we’re already familiar with the bigger one, as it has already been introduced in the North American-spec 2016 Honda Civic.
These new engines are from the Earth Dreams Technology range and will come in 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre displacements. These new powerhouses are based on a completely new engine structure and a new turbo system. Both are claimed to have class-leading environmental performance while simultaneously maintaining a good balance between high power and torque output, which is more than that of naturally-aspirated engines. This is done by employing variable valve motion technology that reduces friction and a turbocharger having low moment of inertia. The turbocharger is tuned for high responsiveness and this, along with direct injection technology, results in high power and torque output.
Reports on the internet are claiming that the 1.0-litre engine is a three-cylinder unit and produces 127 hp and 200 Nm of torque, while the bigger 1.5-litre engine is a four-cylinder mill and pumps out 201 hp and 260 Nm of torque. The smaller engine reportedly has a fuel efficiency of 28.06 km/l and is capable of a 209 km/h top speed and a 9.5 second 0-100 km/h acceleration time.
The European launch of the tenth generation 2017 Honda Civic is scheduled to happen in early 2017, and so, the final specifications may turn out to be different. The Euro-spec 2017 Honda Civic will make its European debut at the 2016 Frankfurt Motor Show and its five-door version will be exclusively produced at Honda’s manufacturing plant in Swindon. The Japanese automaker has already confirmed an investment of €270 million in new production technologies to that effect.