In an interview last week with WardsAuto Keiji Ohtsu, chief technology strategy officer-automobile R&D for Honda, details the automaker’s future moves.
Most notable for us is the announcement that the North American spec 2.0T will be heading to production in March of 2016.
Which could be early confirmation that the 2016 Civic Si will in fact make use of a detuned 2.0T.WardsAuto said:WardsAuto: Honda introduced the 1.5L unit in 2015. So far, on which models?
Ohtsu: On the Step Wagon in April and Jade RS in May, both in Japan. We adopted the 2.0L turbo on the Civic Type R in October, also in Japan, and will begin mass production of the engine next March in the U.S. for our Civic lineup. We are also readying the 1.5L unit for the China market. The 1.0L engine is still under development.
The whole interview is well worth the read as they delve into hybrids, hydrogen, transmissions and global markets.