Honda has announced that its all-new tenth-generation Civic will go on sale in Europe with a 1.0 litre turbocharged inline three, the smallest motor ever fitted to the Japanese company's volume-selling small car.
Equipped with Honda's VTEC variable cam timing and lift system, direct injection and a low-inertia turbocharger, Honda says the new 1.0 will achieve "class-leading output and environmental performance.
Raw numbers are still under wraps, but information released by Honda in 2013 indicates the tiny 1.0 litre could make as much as 95kW and 200Nm - moderate power for a small hatch, but healthy torque.
A six-speed manual is expected to be standard, however there's no word as yet whether a conventional automatic or CVT will be available as an option for the 1.0 turbo.
The 1.0 turbo three-pot will be sold in Europe alongside the 1.5 litre turbo that's already been confirmed for the US-market Civic.
Power outputs for that engine are still secret as well, but industry observers say it should deliver something in the realm of 130kW.
Honda has previously said its 1.5 litre turbo "Earth Dreams" four-cylinder is capable of 150kW of power and 260Nm of torque, but don't expect the wick to be turned quite that high for the grocery-getting versions of the Civic.
European-market Civic hatchbacks will continue to be built at Honda's UK assembly plant in Swindon.
Australian Honda dealers will start to receive the tenth-generation Civic by the middle of 2016, initially in sedan form only (pictured).
And while the 1.5 litre turbo option is locked in for our market, the 1.0 turbo is not likely to be offered with the sedan bodystyle.
Meanwhile, Honda Australia has confirmed that its other turbo Civic, the Civic Type R, will not arrive in this country in its current generation. Instead, the company plans to bring a new-generation Civic Type R to market some time in 2017.
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