Honda is ready to play the downsizing card against Ford Focus Ecoboost and the latest Vauxhall Astra with a 1.0-litre CivicThe new Honda Civic is due in 2017 - and the Japanese manufacturer knows that its VW Golf and Ford Focus rival needs to offer smoother, punchier and more efficient petrol engines to keep up with those rivals and cars like the latest Vauxhall Astra. Downsizing is king in the family hatchback class, it seems.We already know that the car will get a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, but now Honda has announced that the next generation of Civic will also be offered with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder motor - and given us an early chance to try it.The baby triple - an all-new, all-aluminium design with no balancer shaft and intake VTEC - is designed to replace the normally aspirated four-cylinder 1.8-litre petrol in the Civicís line-up. It offers 127bhp and 148lb ft of torque, but should slash the carís fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Honda is aiming for 99g/km on versions with a manual transmission.

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