Honda has just released the first image of its new 2009 Acura TSX that it will be the first to get Honda’s new 2.2 liter i-DTEC diesel engine in North America. The Acura RDX and the Honda Accord will be next in line to use that very engine, but Honda engineers are also working on a V6 version of the super-clean diesel for the U.S. market.
The second largest Japanese auto maker is developing a 3.5 liter V6 diesel engine that will be 30 percent more fuel efficient than its gasoline counterparts.
Japanese newspaper Nikkei says that the engine will first find its way under the hood of the next-generation Honda Pilot, the Ridgeline pickup and the Acura MDX. The engine may also find its way under the hood of the Acura TL and RL.
It seems that Honda will diesel-fy Acura’s entire lineup in the U.S. in order to compete with other luxury brands.
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