“The 2016 Honda Civic will have a powertrain based on the new Honda CRV engine,” said Honda Chief Technical Officer Joe Fiorillo, who was speaking at the International Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (IAMA) Annual Meeting in Barcelona.
The new engine is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and can produce 500hp (250kW) at 6,800rpm, according to Fiorillo.
Honda said it is using the engine in the Civic Hybrid, which is slated for production by the end of 2020.
Honda also revealed that the Civic CR-VE will feature an upgraded version of the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the current Civic Type R and Type R Hybrid.
“It’s not just about performance,” said Fiorillo to applause.
“This engine is going to be able to put out that power at higher speeds, which will allow for better driving.
It’s a big deal for us.”
Honda said the new engine’s power output of 500hp will be higher than that of the previous generation engine, which was produced from 2007 to 2010.
The engine was previously used on a Honda Civic Type RA and CR-Z, which were produced from 2011 to 2015.
The two engines were developed in conjunction with Toyota and Honda’s research and development division, but were never exported.
Fiorillo told reporters at the IMA that the new engines will also allow for higher performance on the road, as the turbocharger will use a higher-pressure, more powerful turbine, which can help reduce fuel consumption.
Honda plans to offer the engine as an option on the Civic Type-R and Type-RS Hybrid as well as the Civic, which it is calling the Civic Turbo, and the CR-C, which would be a hybrid of the two models.
Fiorilo said the turbocharged 3.0L engine will deliver up to 250 horsepower at 6.0 liters per hour, which means it can deliver around 5,000 lb-ft (2,300Nm) of torque.
Fiorill also announced that the CRX, a two-door compact sedan and hatchback, will use the new turbocharged 2.5L engine.
“The new Honda Civic is going forward to be a much more dynamic vehicle,” Fiorillo said.
“That is why the engines are going to make the Civic even more exciting.”
The new Civic will also have a redesigned steering wheel and seat.
The redesigned steering column will be similar to the one found in all previous Honda models.
Honda’s chief technical officer also confirmed that the redesigned cabin will be available in a variety of colors.
The CR-CV will get a sporty design, which includes an aluminum roof and new grille.
The interior will also be refreshed.
The 2016 Honda car will be offered with four seats, including a third row, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-inch infotainment screen and a six speakers in the front.
The standard and Sport models will be introduced at the end-of-year show.
The first production CR-EV will arrive in 2021, and then the CR model will follow a few years later.