The ninth-generation 2013 Honda Civic has had a bit of a rough go. When the 2012 Civic launched, it was derided for being cut-rate and coarse, despite still selling well. To maintain its sales momentum, Honda gave the Civic an "emergency refresh" for 2013. Now, according to a new report, Honda will overhaul the Civic's powertrain when the car gets "re-engineered" as soon as 2015.
Automotive News reports that Honda will be ditching the 2013 Civic's current 1.8-liter I-4 in exchange for a more-efficient unit from the company's new Earth Dreams powertrain components. The first car that received an Earth Dreams powerplant was the 2013 Accord, which offers either four- and six-cylinder engines mated to a manual, a traditional automatic, or a continuously variable transmission.
Part of the drive to upgrade the Civic's powertrain is to increase the compact's fuel economy. The 2013 Honda Civic is currently rated for 28/36 mpg city/highway with a five-speed manual or 28/39 mpg with a five-speed automatic. Buyers can also opt for the Civic HF, which adds a number of aerodynamic enhancements to score 29/41 mpg on the EPA testing cycle. No word on whether or not the 44/44-mpg Civic Hybrid or sporty 22/31-mpg Civic Si would also see powertrain upgrades.
We wouldn't be surprised to see a version of the 2.4-liter Earth Dreams I-4 from the 2013 Accord make its way into a future Civic. In the larger sedan, the four-cylinder is offered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT, which would make sense in the Civic to help yield higher MPG ratings. AN expects that the upgraded Civic powertrain will be shared with the all-new third-generation Fit, which is due to be revealed toward the end of this year.
Expect to see the new Earth-Dreams-powered Civic emerge in 2015. AN quotes Honda executive vice president and regional director for North America Tetsuo Iwamura as saying that the Civic won't receive any new powertrain elements until it is "redesigned or re-engineered," which Iwamura said happens roughly every two years. That means we should expect to see a more-efficient Civic as soon as 2015. We were not able to reach Honda for comment at the time of publication.
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