• New range of super-efficient engines to be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show
• Launching with Civic 1.6-litre diesel
• New Honda NSX supercar also coming

Honda is due to unveil its latest range of efficient engines at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The first engine of the new range will be a 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel unit, which will make its way into the new Honda Civic in late 2012. Honda claims it will be the lightest diesel engine in its class and that CO2 emissions will be below 100g/km.

Entitled ‘Earth Dreams Technology’, the new engine range promises to deliver on both performance and fuel economy, with Honda wanting to become number one in terms of fuel efficiency within three years.

Eventually, the new Earth Dreams Technology range will be available in the majority of Honda products. The introduction of a new efficient diesel is timely for Honda, which has lacked competitiveness with its current ageing 2.2-litre engine.

Honda is showcasing a number of concept vehicles alongside the new engine. The first is its new NSX Concept, which will form the basis for the company’s new purpose built NSX supercar. Expected on sale within the next three years, it will feature a mid-mounted V6 engine and a performance oriented four-wheel drive system.

A preview version of the Honda CR-V and two new Jazz models, which are due to go on sale in the second half of 2012, will be on Honda’s Geneva show stand. The CR-V is there to show off the new design features of the forthcoming model, which has deeper sculpting body lines and improved aerodynamics.

The Jazz city car will soon be available in sporty Si spec, which has upgraded suspension and revised interior and exterior detailing. A stop and start function has also been added to the 1.2-litre model, reducing CO2 emissions by 3g/km to 120g/km – saving £65 per annum in road tax.

A rear-wheel drive open top sports car called the EV-STER is also being shown. It has already been confirmed for production, though it is not yet clear whether it will retain its all electric propulsion system, or use it in conjunction with a conventional piston engine.

By Daljinder Nagra