Honda's achingly slow striptease of the Euro-spec Civic continues with another spate of photos and some details on the diesel mill set to power the 2012 model.

An updated version of the 2.2-liter i-DTEC four-cylinder will be available when the new Civic goes on sale in early 2012. With around 147 horsepower and upwards of 184 pound-feet of torque, the revised mill – combined with the Civic's improved aerodynamics – will bring CO2 emissions down to 110g/km and should boost fuel economy by around 15 percent.

Those might sound like incremental improvements, but compared to the U.S. market version, it's a significant change – one we wish Honda would adopt Stateside. Check out our previous post on the 2012 Euro Civic and make the jump for the dirty details on the oil-burner before the big reveal in Frankfurt.



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Honda will launch the new Civic at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Developed specifically for the European market, the Civic will be offered exclusively as a five-door hatchback and will compete in the C-segment. It will reach European showrooms in early 2012.

In the build-up to the reveal of the new Civic, Honda is releasing a series of short form films detailing its development. The second of these films focuses on the i-DTEC engine and the Civics low emissions technology.

NEW HONDA CIVIC: i-DTEC engine performance and efficiency

The i-DTEC engine in the new Honda Civic offers an exceptional combination of high performance and low CO2 emissions. Updates to the 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine, coupled with the new Civics improved aerodynamics, have produced a car with a power output of 150PS that emits only 110g/km of CO2.*

A thorough analysis of the engines performance resulted in a number of improvements. The oil flow through the engine has been carefully managed to reduce circulation loss, while the build materials have been revised to reduce friction in the moving parts. All models fitted with a manual gearbox also benefit from Idle Stop technology which achieves a 5g/km reduction in CO2 emissions.

Careful attention has been paid to every aspect of the new Civics design with focus on refining the aerodynamics through extensive wind tunnel testing to reduce drag and improve high speed stability.

To achieve a good CO2 figure, you need to optimise every aspect of the car, says Katsushi Watanabe, Development Leader for the engine. Reducing the emissions was our key target and were proud to say that we have achieved this without compromising the high performance character of the engine. We want our customers to have fun when they drive this car.

Find out more by watching the new i-DTEC film release. The film is hosted on an interactive media player where all the films will be shown and automatically updated. You can easily download films and images or even embed the whole player in your site. http://multivu.com/players/English/51356-honda-motor-europe/


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      Andrey
      • 3 Years Ago
      350 N-m is 258 lb-ft.... not 184, so it is not less than VW TDI. I know because my Legacy GT has 258/350 tqs
        Joe Bo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrey
        250 ft lbs of torque and 50 mpg avg?? Sell a hatchback version in the us and I would pick this up over a hybrid.
      Jeff
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's only hope Honda of America brings this over and puts it in the US Civic too. It would be the best powertrain option in the entire Civic line-up.
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      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      give us the diesel! that engine would be a fantastic match for the CR-V or Accord, let alone the Civic
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          guyverfanboy
          • 3 Years Ago
          Diesels are great. More fuel efficient, higher torque, reliable and long lasting. Are you willing to fork out $5k+ if your precious hybrid engine and battery take a dump?
          TDIOwner
          • 3 Years Ago
          I think diesel popularity is growing. I love my 2009 TDI wagon getting 35+mpg compared to my wife's 20. Plus, if you read the link below you will read that diesel sales are growing. If memory serves, VWs original estimate for TDI sales in the US when the sportwagen went on sale were 10,000 units per year. According to the article, 56k so far and growing in 2011. http://green.autoblog.com/2011/08/09/u-s-diesel-vehicle-sales-up-38-5-in-2011-vw-jetta-tdi-leads-p/
          Seph
          • 3 Years Ago
          Volkswagen's sales number says different though.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          You've not once lived in the US, nor will you ever live here. So stop making this assumption that diesel isn't popular. Motortrend Truck of the Year? Ram 2500 HD. Which is what? A turbo diesel. The MKV Jetta TDI had a huge year in sales last year.
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        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        Yes, Honda needs to go global!
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      This just highlights how much of an utter failure the civic has become. The better stuff stays in Europe, the garbage comes to North America and idiots buy them.
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        Well, seems it's more about the North Americans. They first care about the price tag. Just look at the jump in Jettas sold; everybody here is complaining about the quality but they're selling in volumes. My neighbor has just purchased a '12 Civic which makes me surprise. Although I liked the pre '12 Civic as a compact commuter (specially when it first came out) I do not see the point to picking one of these new ones, but people buy them like blinds!
          ZOZ
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ZOZ
          Well, looking a car as an appliance is not wrong either. However, I guess there are better appliances out there. If someone says they love the style of a car that's another story (I can't call someone stupid for preferring the style of one over the other) but when it goes to material, performance, reliability I see lots of sheep around. I have a friend with a PhD in engineering who drives a Corolla, and believes Lincolns are crappy just because Americans QC is not comparable to Japanese. He does not care about any reported numbers nor he sees anything wrong with (lack of quality and comfort) in his car...
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      the camo'd version probably looks better than the actual retail one
      filloz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but you are ridiculous, the torque value 350 nm converted to pound-feet turns out to be 258 lb-ft and not 184 lb-ft. PLEASE correct the value
      tomatoflight
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm going to have a big smile when Honda's sales start to decline, whenever that will be. They have the worst management, worse than Toyota. At least Toyota is making the FT-86/FR-S and F division products. What is Honda making? A "sports" hybrid and... and... garbage company.
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      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not just go global with the Civic? Ford showed how to do it right with the new Focus. It saves you money while bringing more money to the manufacturer as a whole.
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          You're not getting me, though. Honda is spending money to develop a new platform for this upcoming EUDM Civic rather than using our Civic, or just developing one for both markets. The new Civic Si Coupe is a nice little car, don't get me wrong. But it's behind in performance. Every time another manufacturer comes out with a super fast sport compact, Honda's US division always leaves the Civic Si behind in performance to them. Go ahead, compare times of this new Civic Si to the Cobalt SS Turbo or current MazdaSpeed3. Even VW noticed this and came out with the Golf R. Europe and Japan got the 230hp Type-R while we were stuck with the 197hp Si. That's another thing. 3 different Civics across the world? One from the JDM, one from the EUDM, and one for here. That, in itself, is a bad business decision. Ford is doing it right by making the new Focus a global market car. Same goes for GM making the Cruze a global market car.
      Andy Drake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Proof positive that Honda is still capable of building interesting cars... just not for the US! *facepalm*
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        Andrey
        • 3 Years Ago
        1 newton meter = 0.737562149 foot pound 350 N-m = 258 lb-ft, if I rem correctly TDI has only 236 lb-ft. Autoblog can't convert for sh*t!
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      Lunch
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why should they bring it stateside. They figure we are dumb enough to get the scraps, so they don't need to compete with the Koreans. Problem is, they got it all wrong. Now CR won't even recommend it to their readers. I myself won't be buying a Civic again cuz this "new" gen was barely improved. Meanwhile, the Koreans are hot, hot, hot. Honda blew it big time. They were the king, now they're just another GM has been.
        JC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lunch
        Lunch, I 100% agree! They (and Toyota) are following the same pattern of GM/Chrysler/Ford of the past (arrogance and head in the sand routine) - but Honda is using the "reliability card" as THE only selling point meanwhile everyone else has reached and surpassed Honda. I recent bought a 2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited AFTER testing the new Civic. I am a long term Toyota buyer and neither they or Honda had anything appealing and Hyundai offered a fantastic car for a reasonable price and great warranty. I love my Elantra and have no shame admitting it too!
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