So you remember that i-DTEC diesel engine we showed you at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show? While Honda said that its Acura brand will be the first to offer the clean diesel engine in the North American market, it did not specify which model will carry the ‘greeness’. But according to Honda sources the Acura TSX will be the first to go diesel in 2009, with a redesign coming this spring.
“All along, we’ve said there would be a diesel in Acura,” said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. “The whole direction is to separate Acura and Honda more. In five to six years, Acura will be a tier 1 luxury brand. The face of Acura will be totally different.”
Honda will also introduce a V6 diesel in 2010 for the Acura TL, the MDX as well as some Honda vehicles including the Accord.
The Honda i-DTEC engine meets the ultra-strict U.S. EPA Tier II Bin 5 emission standards without on-board storage of urea.
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