The downsized motor comes as a result of Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology, an initiative which aims to reduce future Hondas’ carbon footprint while improving fuel economy and maintaining driver enjoyment.
The i-DTEC engine weighs some 47kg less than the 2.2-litre diesel further up the Civic range. The reduction of weight is said to add to the dynamic appeal of the car by improving steering response and handling.
Power figures for the new motor are rated at 88kW at 4 000rpm while torque stands at 300Nm at 2 000rpm. The 0-100km/h sprint takes 10.6 seconds while the top end is a claimed 202km/h.
Perhaps this model’s most impressive statistics are the fuel consumption and Co2 emissions, which are claimed at 4.1 litres/100km and 109g/km on the combined cycle, respectively.
The reduced mechanical friction (some 40% less than seen on the 2.2-litre derivative), variable nozzle turbo and the Bosch solenoid fuel-injection system are said to contribute to the fantastic consumption and emissions.
There is only the option of a six-speed manual transmission. The gearbox is now seven kilograms lighter than the one featured on the 2.2-litre model.
The new model will be available in Executive guise. Standard features include leather seats with heating, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights and a reverse camera.
Pricing for the 1.6 i-DTEC Executive is R299 900 and is exempt from Co2 tax. The price also includes Honda’s 5-year/90 000km service plan, 3-year/100 000km warranty and one-year AA roadside assistance.