Honda prepares a Civic wagon
01 October 2012, 19:20
Honda CEO Takanobu Ito may have revealed a fair amount of detail on the brand's plans for the next five years - including confirmation of the Civic Type R and more details on the next NSX - but the 2012 Paris show gave the automaker an opportunity to show what it has up its sleeve.
European president Manabu Nishimae announced the addition of an all-new
Civic "wagon" to the range as part of the model’s 40th anniversary and
that a concept of the latest addition to the ninth-generation Civic
range will be shown in 2013.
Heavy-Hitting 1.6 Diesel
More big news at the Paris show revolved around the introduction of a 1.6 i-DTec diesel engine to the CR-V SUV and the Civic range launched here earlier in 2012.
new smaller diesel engine is the first in a series under Honda’s Earth
Dreams Technology banner. It uses a new high-strength material in the
cylinder head and, according to Honda, is the lightest aluminium
open-deck 1.6-litre diesel engine in its class. It is 58kg lighter than
the current 2.2-litre i-DTec engine, Honda said.
CO2 emissions of
94g/km are noted for the engine that delivers 88kW/300Nm at 4000 and
2000rpm, respectively. Honda quotes a combined fuel consumption figure
of 3.6 litres/100km.
Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series will
apparently be rolled out to replace existing engines (in Europe) over
the next three years.
Honda has also shown off revisions to its
CR-Z hybrid which includes changes to the interior and exterior styling
and a combined power increase.