When Honda executed its emergency refresh of the Civic for 2013, it didn't do any massive powertrain reworking. But that doesn't mean new things aren't already in the works for Honda's compact. According to Automotive News, Honda has confirmed that it will offer the Civic with a new Earth Dreams powerplant sometime in the future, though details on timing and exactly what sort of engine are unclear as of this writing.

The confirmation comes from Honda's executive vice president and regional director for North America, Tetsuo Iwamura, who says that the Earth Dreams engine will come when the Civic is re-engineered or redesigned, not during a refresh. There is also no mention of whether these changes will apply to just the standard Civic, or if the Si and Hybrid models will receive some Dreamy new tech, as well.

The entire Earth Dreams group of technologies encompasses more than just naturally aspirated engines with direct injection. A turbo-diesel engine is also part of this suite, as are new continuously variable transmissions and new gasoline-electric hybrid powerplants. Honda launched its 2.4-liter and 3.5-liter Earth Dreams engines in the redesigned 2013 Accord.

"The Civic has to evolve," Iwamura told Automotive News. "But we have to consider what timing works best." AN suggests that the Earth Dreams-powered Civic could arrive as early as the 2015 model year.


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      ffforte
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dividends of increased competition and the new fuel economy regulations. Win for the consumer.
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      Naturenut99
      • 1 Year Ago
      How sick are they, to call an ICE "Earth Dreams" ? More like... The earth dreams of them no longer existing.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...what timing works best?" How about 5 years ago?
        sstowes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        Not really. The standard R-series and Si Civic's has remained pretty competitive. Maybe not with the EPA ratings, but definitely real world. If anything, it's the Hybrid that could use Honda's new ED hybrid system (2014 Accord Hybrid is very competitive for the segment).
          Letstakeawalk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sstowes
          My wife's 2011 Civic gets around 39 on the hwy, and about 33ish around town. No complaints from her, considering how inexpensive the car was.
        sstowes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        downvoted for telling the truth. lol. *shrug* Anybody can look up the actual fuel economy numbers on fuelly and compare them to any other car in the segment. And Honda has been plagued by battery issues with the IMA in the Civic hybrid. The new system should solve a lot of those issues. Not a fanboy. Stating fact here. smh
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sstowes
          I'm not saying the Civic isn't competitive in terms of mileage -- I'm saying it's overall no longer a good package. It's kind of ugly and no longer a better deal than the competition. That's that -- in my opinion, the Civic's fuel mileage is not a problem.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Civic and Corolla have both been caught with their pants down while the competition has improved. Now they must answer with rushing refreshes and explaining themselves for bad decisions. No mention of a 6 speed automatic for the Civic, and the "newly redesigned" Corolla continues on with a 28 year old transmission. Sounds more like a "refresh" that is 10 years old. Sorry but in this time, those products are at least 5-7 years behind while Focus, Cruze, Elantra, Mazda3 move forward.
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        @Master Austin
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        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Master Austin
        True. The days of the Cobalt and Caliber are long gone.
      ihatedavebushell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please has the world not learned that cvt's in low power vehicles just don't work, it makes them slow and terrible to drive and because they have not pep, you end up driving them harder and using even more fuel - might be technically more economical on paper, but not in the real world!
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        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
        Small engines benefit the most from CVTs.
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      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about losing the fisher price busy box dash and stop cutting corners ? With the new Corolla coming out this car and the Nissan Sentra will be fighting for last place in the C segment.
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stupid name. I would never be caught dead driving a car with an "earth dreams" engine.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda underestimated that competition will all of a sudden get competitive, so they are paying the price. Hope they wake up and start making cars that people want...
      MJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised if the 9th gen Civic becomes a 4-year car and we see the 10th gen released in 2015 as a 2016 model. The refresh helped, but it is still nowhere at the level of the 2013 Accord. They need a redesign (and the new motors) to get it there.
        Tuga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MJC
        I would be surprised. Like it or not, even before the 2013 redesign the Civic was selling very well. So, unless sales take a tumble, or the Corolla becomes a runaway hit, i'd still think it would be more likely for the redesigned Civic to be a MY17.
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      Mike Kilpatrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow is that a stupid name. Why not call it Sunset in Bogotá?
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