Efficient nine-speed automatic added to Honda Civic range
by Helen Jackson |
posted 06 August 2018
The refined and economical Honda Civic 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel model is now available. The model, with an efficient nine-speed automatic transmission, is capable of delivering impressive shifting refinement and official average fuel economy of 68.9 mpg. This is for all grades and across both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback models.
This is the first time that a combination of a diesel engine and an automatic gearbox has been available on a Civic.
With a wide spread of gears, the nine-speed transmission boasts superb efficiency. The very low first-gear ratio delivers a smooth and powerful launch, while a high top-gear ratio ensures low engine speed while cruising, which reduces fuel consumption and noise.
The engine produces 120 PS (88 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. Combined with the nine-speed automatic gearbox, it can power the Civic from zero to 62 mph in 11 seconds, and on to a top speed of 124 mph.
As well as impressive economy, under the combined cycle of the revised NEDC test, the new Civic 1.6-litre i-DTEC Automatic has recorded low CO2 emissions of 108g/km (four-door) and 109g/km (five-door).
Honda’s latest 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine features forged steel pistons for reducing cooling loss and ‘super plateau honing’, which lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinder bores to enable smooth piston movement and enhance the long-term wear characteristics of the engine.
The Civic five-door hatchback model is Assembled at Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon. And the four-door sedan continues to be built in Turkey for European markets. The Civic 1.6 litre i-DTEC Automatic will be available in both four-door and five-door variants and is available to order now.