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Honda Debuts 1.5-liter Turbo-Four in JDM Jade RS

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/21/2015 Erick Ayapana

Honda announced that the Jade RS will go on sale in Japan next week, a new variant of the three-row people-mover that will feature the first application of Honda’s 1.5-liter, direct-injected turbocharged inline-four engine. While the Jade isn’t offered the U.S., this new engine is reportedly making its way into the next-generation Honda Civic.

Honda Jade RS 15 Turbo© Provided by MotorTrend Honda Jade RS 15 Turbo Honda didn’t provide power figures for this new engine, but did say it’ll offer similar torque output and delivery as its 2.4-liter naturally aspirated mill. The small, quick-spooling turbocharger will provide much-needed boost in the lower range of the powerband. A continuously variable transmission appears to be the only gearbox choice for the Jade RS, though a six-speed manual will likely be offered with the U.S.-spec Civic.

In prototype form, the 1.5-liter turbo-four made around 201 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. The current Civic Si powered by the 2.4-liter I-4 makes similar horsepower (205 hp), but is down on torque at 174 lb-ft. The 1.5-liter turbo will reportedly power higher trim levels of the next-gen Civic, while a new 2.0-liter naturally aspirated mill will power the base models. The top-spec engine, of course, will be the 2.0-liter turbo-four for the Civic Type-R, which will make at least 275 hp. The new Civic will debut this fall and will be offered in sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles.

Source: Honda

Honda Jade RS 15 Turbo© Provided by MotorTrend Honda Jade RS 15 Turbo
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