2012 Honda Civic DTEC Engine

Honda continues teasing new technical features of the new generation Civic ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

This time they talk u through the new 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine, coupled with a low-drag body design, mean the new 2012 Civic emits only 110 g/km* of CO2 – while producing a powerful 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque. It’s good to see car makers are reluctant to accept major compromise on the performance just for the sake of less CO2! It’s certainly flattering!

We would love to also catch a glimpse of what the new Civic looks like inside and out. But Honda has saved it for the big show. For now read more details about ti in the press release below:

civic 2012 Honda Civic DTEC Engine

This new lower CO2 figure signals a drop of 29g/km over the outgoing model and will enable customers to benefit from free road tax for the first year (and only £20 per year from then on), as well as cheaper fuel bills. Meanwhile, company car drivers will be able to take advantage of BIK tax rates among the lowest for a small family car.

The improved engine also shows that customers do not need to sacrifice on power to achieve better economy – the 2.2 diesel delivers a 10 PS boost over the outgoing engine.

Honda’s advanced i-DTEC engine received a number of enhancements in the quest for lower emissions. The oil flow through the engine has been carefully managed to reduce circulation loss, while engine materials and components have been revised to reduce friction. A five g/km reduction in CO2 was also achieved with the addition of Idle Stop (start/stop) technology.

Extensive wind tunnel testing was carried out to improve the car’s aerodynamics, reduce drag and refine high speed stability, all of which contribute towards lowering emissions.

“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 we’re 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.”

The new Honda Civic that’s more confident, clever and versatile makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.


  • This is the ninth generation Civic
  • The first Civic was launched in 1972
  • Over 20 million Civics have been sold globally
  • Over 650,000 have been sold in UK
  • The eighth generation Civic went on sale in January 2006
  • Over 170,000 of the eighth generation Civic have been sold in the UK
  • The Civic range is produced in 14 countries and regions and sold in approximately 160 world markets
  • Civic production was brought to the UK in 1994


  • August-September – Further information packs released
  • 12 September – Preview party/viewing in Frankfurt
  • 13 September – Global unveil at Frankfurt Motor Show
  • November – Pan-European test drive event
  • December/January – New Civic on press fleet
  • Early 2012 – New Civic on sale in UK
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