I have been doing some research on the potential problems of the new 1.5L Turbo engine which people might be facing all over the globe. During this while I came across some information regarding the new 1.5L Turbo engine and I thought that I should share it with my fellow PWers.
First, the 1.5L Turbo engine being offered in American market is non-VTEC and the 1.5L Turbo developed for the European model is VTEC but comes with 201HP as compared to the 174HP engine for the american market. I am still unable to figure out that which engine is launched in Thailand as I am sure we will get the Thai/Indonesian Spec engine.
Secondly, the CVT transmission being offered in American market is LL-CVT without any predefined gear ratios and hence no paddle shifters. Whereas the one being offered in Thai/Indonesian markets is 7-Speed CVT with Paddle Shifters. So I am sure that we will get the 7-Speed CVT since we are getting Paddle Shifters. However, the CVT for our 1.8L will be the LL-CVT which was already offered in the 9th Gen Civic since 2014 in American Market. And the reviews of that CVT are not very good. In fact, many people in the American Market are experiencing CVT response problems and RPM surging issues on the 1.5L Turbo engine on the 10th Gen Civic.
If we get 1.5L Turbo Engine with VTEC along with 7-Speed CVT, then I reckon things will be much better for us.