Honda Confirms 2009 Accord Diesel, CR-Z Hybrid for Production
October 26, 2007 2:21 PM
Honda's 2.2-liter i-CTDi diesel engine
2008 Honda Accord EX Sedan
Honda readies its diesel engines for passenger vehicles in the U.S.
reported in early June that Honda's newly redesigned Accord
would receive a diesel engine
. Honda today confirmed that the 2009 Honda Accord would be available with an optional 2.2 liter i-CTDi 4-cylinder Tier 2 Bin 5 diesel engine.
The diesel engine is reported to produce in excess of 150 HP, while torque -- always a diesel strength -- is pegged at 260 lb-ft. The diesel will be emissions legal in all 50 states and is set to deliver real word fuel economy in excess of 40 MPG.
If the fuel economy estimates pass the
Environmental Protection Agency's testing
, that would make the diesel Accord more fuel efficient than the previous generation Accord Hybrid and Toyota's current Camry Hybrid.
The 2.2 liter diesel is expected to be closely followed by a
new 3.5 liter V6 diesel destined for Honda's large vehicles
. The engine is 30 percent more fuel efficient than the current 3.5 liter V6 gasoline engine used in the Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline according to the
In addition to the diesel news, Honda also announced that the
CR-Z hybrid concept
will make it to production. The small two-seater uses the same powertrain as the
(4-cylinder gasoline engine, Integrated Motor Assist and CVT) and is likely to better its 40 MPG/45 MPG city/highway EPA ratings.
The CR-Z will be accompanied by a
$22,000 five-seat Global Small Hybrid
(GSH) which will do battle with
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