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Mike Stevens | Aug 15, 2011

Update: Honda Australia comment added.

Honda has offered up another handful of details for its upcoming 2012 Civic Hatch, developed in Europe and destined for Australia in the coming year.

Earlier this month, Honda detailed the new hatch's updated suspension arrangement, with the familiar torsion beam gaining handling and ride improvements through the use of fluid-filled compliance bushes.

Reports had also suggested the current model's European-market 2.2 litre i-DTEC diesel engine would carry over to the new model. This week, Honda has confirmed that a revised version of that engine will live on in the 2012 Civic Hatch.

Developing 110kW and 350Nm of torque, the new engine gets Honda's 'Idle Stop' start/stop technology - helping to cut 5g/km in carbon emissions.

Fuel consumption figures have not been released, but CO2 emissions have fallen 29g/km to 110g/km - enough to allow UK buyers to escape the country's road tax for the first year of ownership.

 

Australia

A local debut for Honda's diesel-powered Civic has remained off the table for some time, due largely to unfavourable exchange rates and the absence of an automatic transmission.

Speaking with TMR today, Honda Australia's Melissa Cross said that a diesel for Australia is under consideration.

"The Civic five-door diesel is specifically designed for the European market. We realise the diesel market is growing in Australia. As such, we are considering a number of options for the future and have not made any firm decisions," Ms Cross said.

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