Honda has released a new version of the Civic called the Civic Tourer, marking the return of a station wagon variant since production of the sixth-generation Civic ended in 2000.
The Civic Tourer is set to make its public debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. It will also make use of its hatchback sibling’s engines, namely a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine and a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol. Although Honda haven’t given power figures for the Civic Tourer, they should be the same as the Civic hatchback – meaning 120hp and 300Nm of torque for the diesel, while the petrol should give 142hp and 174Nm of torque.
At 624 litres, the Civic Tourer has 147 litres more carrying capacity than the hatchback. With the seats folded down it has 1,668 litres of capacity, which is 26 litres more than a Kia Cee’d Sportswagon. The exterior is virtually identical to the Civic Tourer concept car from not too long ago, while the interior gets a rear seating arrangement called Magic Seats – a setup that allows a variety of seating configurations.
Also available with the Civic Tourer is Adaptive Damper System (ADS), a rear damping system which allows drivers to set the car at Comfort, Normal or Dynamic. Honda claims that the system will allow the car to “remain comfortable during highway cruising, yet firm and agile when high-performance handling is required.”
The car will be built at Honda’s plant in the UK, with a European market launch expected for early 2014. Pricing should be made available at the Frankfurt Motor Show.