Although Honda has been selling models with diesel engines in India and Europe, the ASEAN market has not had any diesel variants. This is set to change with the introduction of the all-new 5th generation CR-V which will also be available with a 1.6-litre i-DTEC 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine for the Thai market.
The i-DTEC engine was developed by Honda’s engineering team in Japan under its ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ focusing on producing ultimate driving performance, fuel efficiency and eco-friendliness. This follows the development of smaller-size components that result in a lighter weight engine with high-performance drive and the best fuel consumption rate.
The key system features of the engine are a 2-stage turbocharging system which intelligently creates high torque and acceleration to be the most efficient in all driving conditions. The maximum output power is 160 bhp/350 Nm which is said to be equivalent to a large-size diesel engine but with exceptionally high fuel efficiency of 18.9 kms/litre (claimed). A 9-speed automatic transmission will also be a standard feature with the engine.
There’s no indication from Honda Malaysia whether the new CR-V, which will be launched in Malaysia sometime this year, will have this diesel engine option as well. Given the concerns that the industry has over the B10 biodiesel issue, the company may play it safe and stick with the petrol engine variants first. Once the matter is clear, perhaps the company will then look into offering the variant.