There is no need for a hybrid version when it comes to diesel-powered engines, they can be just as fuel efficient or more as any hybrid gasoline cars. Joining the fuel-miser pack is the new diesel-powered 2013 Honda Civic, which boasts an amazing 79 mpg on the United Kingdom cycle. The new diesel engine is designed for the European market, and it will be equipped on all versions of the 2013 Honda Civic.
The new 2013 Honda Civic is equipped with a 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine, and it is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel pumps out about 118 hp (120PS) at 4,000 rpm and 221.3 lb-ft (300Nm) at 2,000 rpm, and that is plenty torque for an engine of its size.
Fuel economy rating for the 2013 Honda Civic is estimated at 79 mpg in the UK cycle, which equates to about 65 mpg on U.S. cycle. In comparison, the Toyota Prius Hybrid is rated at about 49 mpg on U.S. cycle. There is also a 2.2-liter diesel version available as well, but we don’t have the spec sheets on that Civic yet.
Pricing for the 2013 Honda Civic diesel starts from £19,400 ($31,100) for the base SE model, £20,595 for the ES and £23,175 for the EX model. And it will hit showrooms across the UK on sale in January of 2013.