Honda has introduced a new 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine, the first from the Earth Dreams Technology series to be offered in Europe.

Designed specifically for the European market, the new power unit will be manufactured at the company's facility in Swindon, UK. Thanks to its aluminum cylinder head joined to an open deck aluminum block, this is the lightest diesel in its class and weighs 47 kg (103 pounds) less than Honda's 2.2-liter i-DTEC engine.

It produces 120 HP (88 kW) at 4,000 rpm and has a peak torque of 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) reached at just 2,000 rpm, while CO2 emissions stand at only 94 g/km. Fuel economy is rated at 78.5 mpg UK (65.3 mpg US or 3.59 liters / 100 km).

The Civic will be the first to get this frugal engine in early 2013, followed the same year by the new CR-V.

Further details are available in the attached press release.

Gallery: Honda's new 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine detailed

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