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Honda Civic Hatch gets a diesel

The new Civic hatch will be the first diesel in Honda Australia’s range and the first to feature Honda’s new, lighter engines.

Honda’s new diesel Civic Hatch DTi-S will hit our shores later this year, but will only come in manual.

In a market where drivers are deserting manuals in their rush to automatic transmissions, the lack of an auto might hinder sales, but Honda Australia says it has no other option on offer.

“The reality is there is no automatic available for this car,” Honda spokesperson Melissa Cross says. “If there was one, we would definitely make it available here.” The possibility of Honda producing other diesel transmissions for this model however, could still be in the pipeline.

The new Civic hatch -- expected for release around April at a starting price of $26,990 -- will be the first diesel in Honda Australia’s range. The car will be the first released in Australia that will feature Honda’s new, lighter engines.

The new hatch is powered by a 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbo diesel engine, which will output 88kW and 300nM of torque. The new engine is a complete redesign from the previous model, which was a lot heavier and had a larger carbon footprint.

The new model’s CO2 emissions are expected to be as low as 105g/km, with a fuel economy of 4-litres/100km. Standard features will include 17-inch alloy wheels, hill start assist, auto headlights and wipers, dual zone climate control, ECON mode, and a five star ANCAP safety rating.