Honda is rolling out the Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE for the European market
|   Friday, November 16, 2012
Honda has finally showcased the European version of the Civic, the Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE. The vehicle is powered by a 1.6 liter diesel engine with Co2 emission of 94 g/km. The vehicle is set to be manufactured at the Swindon factory in Europe and will be available across showrooms only in the European countries. The idea of the new engine was conceived five years back and this was done keeping in mind the European market.

However, Honda is also planning a Civic with lower power for the Indian market as the sales have dropped in that part of the world.
Honda has been investing heavily in petrol hybrid engines for quite some time now and Honda is not really interested in developing diesel engines. The engines from Honda are highly refined along with high pressure to maintain constant forward flow.

The new vehicles feature a small turbo charger along with a DPF filter and a catalyst. The turbo has been fixed next to an aluminum block where the cylinder is surrounded by a constant supply of cold water. The vehicle also has a smaller and light weight crank shaft as compared to that of the 2.2 liter Honda diesel engine. The pistons are however the same and this maintains the refinement of the engines.

Honda is famous for its smooth running engines and as a result the use of a refined and smooth engine on the Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE is not a rare situation. The vehicle saves a total of 47 kg by replacing the 2.2 liter diesel engine and the i-DTEC SE is overall lighter by 54 kg. The vehicle has a high top speed and the handling is advanced too and as a result the vehicle is quite smooth on track. The Civic has been tested on the Tochigi test track and the vehicle performed quite well.

Cruising at 70 MPH is quite efficient and this saves the most amount of fuel. The engine produced low frequency and more torque and as a result the vehicle feels more powerful. Controlling the vehicle is quite easy and the reduction in ride height by 10 mm makes the suspension stiffer and as a result the vehicle can efficiently tackle corners. The body weight has been perfectly balanced and as a result the decrease in ride height has helped increase the ride ability of the vehicle.

The Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE is quite economical featuring 83 MPG overall with a top speed of 124 MPH. The acceleration from 0 – 60 MPH comes in around 10 seconds and this is respectable for a vehicle of this stature. Priced at 19,400 pounds, the Civic is also one of the more economical vehicles on road. This vehicle is cheap to run and own with very little or no maintenance costs. Honda is also planning a new Civic Estate and this should do well in the European segment as the vehicle has been designed keeping in mind the needs of the European customers.
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