The family of Honda turbo i-VTEC petrol engines is set to grow steadily. Following the 2.0-litre unit which debuted in Civic Type R earlier this year, the automaker has now unveiled 1.0- and 1.5-litre turbocharged i-VTEC mills.
Both these units will power the Europe-spec next gen Honda Civic which will go on sale in early 2017. The new motors are a part of the Japanese manufacturer’s ever expanding Earth Dreams family of powertrains. The company claims class leading power and fuel efficiency.
Honda says that the 1.0- and 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engines are based on a completely new architecture and benefits from newly developed turbo systems. The variable valve timing system’s proven advantage is retained. The direction injection technology and a low-inertia turbocharger is claimed to offer much higher torque output compared to the conventional naturally aspirated engines.
Honda has not revealed any further details of these engines but we suspect the 1.0-litre engine to have 3 cylinders and the 1.5-litre mill to have 4 cylinders. Expect the former to develop around 125 PS and the latter to dish out somewhere around 160-180 PS.
After making their debut in the Europe-spec Civic, the two new compact downsized motors would be powering several other compact Honda cars throughout the world. India too is expected to receive the new motors along with the next gen Civic sometime in 2017.