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Frugal diesel Civic set for SA

2012-11-05 11:09

A new chapter in the Book of Honda diesels has begun with the impending arrival in South Africa of the brand’s hotly anticipated 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine.

It’s the first engine to be launched in Europe under Honda’s flagship 'Earth Dreams Technology' environmental programme and will, the automaker says, offer customers a balance of low emissions and exciting performance.

Honda SA told us: "The Civic 1.6 i-DTEC model will be available in our line-up and at this stage timing is due for first quarter 2013."

The new engine will debut in the British-built Civic that will be on the market in early 2013 and be priced (in Britain) from the equivalent of about R272 000*.

'NO COMPROMISE'

"The engine," Honda says, "catapults the Civic into the competitive corporate market, offering a 'no compromise' vehicle for the corporate customer. With a combination of fuel efficiency and performance, the car keeps running costs low by emitting 94g/km of CO2/km, meaning free road tax in relevant countries and with 3.5 litres/100km on the combined cycle."

The 1597cc unit features a six-speed manual gearbox and offers 89kW at 4 000rpm and 300Nm at 2000rpm.

Convenience features include front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and digital radio.

Honda’s advanced i-DTEC diesel technology has already proved its environmental credentials over a number of years. It went on sale in the UK in 2.2-litre guise in the Accord Saloon/Tourer in 2008 and the award-winning CR-V sports utility vehicle in 2010.

Early interest in the new Civic has been positive and it’s expected to be warmly welcomed into fleets when the first deliveries commence in January 2013.

Comments
  • christo.stone - 2012-11-05 15:32

    Brilliant on paper. Would like to see driver reviews :)

  • nyaganyaga.ndawonda - 2012-11-05 19:21

    I bought a brand new kia rio and it brags to do 6.4l /100km. an empty stomach and coasting downhills cannot support the claim. Proper tyre pressure and keeping a calm mind listening to Beethoven while driving does not help. lets hope Honda's claim on the diesel proves itself. I am looking forward to trade my Rio for that.

      sanjay.monsingh - 2012-11-05 21:56

      sorry i clicked on report comment to reply to you,but actually i haven't laughed so much reading your comment in so long.you ought to review cars ,it will be wonderful to read your views .keep it up buddy!!!

  • dave.ducker.3 - 2012-11-05 23:53

    looks good, my 2.2 diesel Civic currently records a 6.3 combined cycle, what is impressive is the torque on the 1.6 300nm, will be great fun in the tight stuff ! and at 3.5 l/100km combined cycle is less than some hybrids, lets wait and see !

  • gary.bloom.967 - 2012-11-06 08:16

    Bring in the freaking ridgeline already....

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-11-06 16:01

      And the New NSX ... Not that I can afford it

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