2016 Civic Euro-Hatch for U.S. could be Turbo Diesel
With American Honda’s announcement of the Imported U.K. manufactured 2016 Civic World-Car platformed 5 door hatchback, comes speculation as to an EarthDreams ™ 1.6 liter turbo diesel powered variant.
looking to specifications and consumer demand for a fuel efficient, direct injected turbo diesel, Honda holds in its arsenal arguably the lightest and cleanest burning diesel lineup in Europe and Japan.
Sitting front and center in a European automotive market comprised 55% of diesel fueled cars and light trucks sits Honda’s Accord, Civic and CR-V Turbo diesel; all affordable to operate, maintain and fun to drive, as well as tax-credit compliant.
Consumers report Honda EarthDreams ™ diesel engine MPG approaching 60+ per U.S. gallon. In crunching the numbers,Torque News reported on CR-V diesel fuel economy surpassing those numbers with 0 to 60 MPH performance approaching,(not meeting) that of a similar normally aspirated gasoline engine. For the purchase price of a well used Civic Si, one could put an appreciable dent in the purchase or lease cost of a 5 door performance turbo diesel hatchback.
Honda’s Earthdreams ™ direct injected turbo diesel takes on Audi and Volkswagen in Europe
Consumers ask: So why not in the U.S. and Canada? With Audi and Volkswagen TDI making sales strides in North American markets, and retail diesel fuel pricing falling at the pumps, why hasn’t Honda offered a diesel turbo option?
In checking our historic backlog, we find an article penned by Barry Winfield of Car&Driver.Com way back in 2006. At that time American Honda Motors had hinted at the arrival of a turbo diesel option for North American compliant cars “Within the next 3 years.” With reported greater fuel efficiency than a Honda Accord hybrid, America is still waiting.
With the growing popularity and bulletproof mechanical attributes of this SUV and others like it, Honda fans and current owners are looking for a turbodiesel power option in the companies light truck lineup; 2016 Honda Ridgeline; 2016 Honda Pilot and a possible totally redesigned Honda CR-V EarthDreams ™ turbodiesel.
Our friends at American Honda Motors are tight lipped as to any future turbodiesel developments. However, don’t discount the possibility as Honda looks to fuel efficient and torque producing alternative engines for near-future model releases. We’ll leave it at that.