Honda unveiled its diesel engine at the Tokyo Motor Show this year that is slated to go into the hoods of Civic and Accord in 2013. Honda first developed a diesel engine in 2003, it was a 2.2L i-CTDI four cylinder diesel engine for the Accord in the Europe and America and was sold across various parts of Europe. In the year 2008 there was another diesel engine developed named i-DTEC, 2.2L four cylinder that was in par with the Euro V emission norms. Honda now unveiled the latest engine that is downgraded from the 2.2L to a 1.6L common rail i-DTEC four cylinder engine at the Tokyo Motor Show this year.
Honda has focussed on keeping the engine light weight and hence there is a lot of alluminium used and the engine is expected to deliver 120PS of power at 4000rpm and 299Nm of torque at 2000rpm. Honda is currently working on a 1.6L diesel engine that can deliver upto 160PS inorder to replace the 2.2L engine thats currently doing duty in Europe.
In India the scenario is different with lots of percpective Honda customers shifting to diesel fuel type in turn losing out on sales. After facing a tough time in India, the carmaker has finally decided to bring in the diesel engine for the Honda City. The Honda City will get the 1.6L four cylinder diesel engine not anytime soon though, only by end of 2012. It is indeed a pending decision by Honda to bring in diesel engines which at the moment is important for any carmaker to survive in India with customers shifting preferences which Honda has finally realised.