Developed and designed by Honda’s European R&D team, the Honda Civic Tourer measures 235mm longer than the Honda Civic five-door – width and height are common to both at 1770mm and 1440mm respectively.
Honda’s unique Magic Seat system – carried over from the Civic and Jazz – is a highlight of the new wagon and enables the 60:40 split-fold rear seats to be folded down in one movement creating a completely flat storage area.
The Civic Tourer offers 624 litres of luggage capacity, which is expandable to 1668L. This is 147L over the Civic hatch with the rear seats up and 290L more when expanded.
Additional underfloor storage in the boot is also available and the load lip has been lowered 137mm in a bid to improve load space access.
While the production model loses the LED lights, aggressive rear diffuser, twin central exhaust tips and larger wheels of the Honda Civic Wagon concept seen at the 2013 Geneva motor show, the new Tourer does offer the choice of two powerplants.
The first is the 1.6-litre i-DTEC Earth Dreams Technology turbo diesel engine, which debuted in the Civic hatch DTi-S where it generates 88kW and 300Nm and emits 105 grams of CO2
per kilometre and uses 4.0 litres per 100 kilometres.
The second is the 1.8-litre i-VTEC unit, available with both manual and automatic transmissions.
A brand new adaptive damper system also premieres in the wagon, providing the choice of three settings – comfort, normal and dynamic – which Honda says have been developed to enhance stability and comfort under varying driving conditions.
The Honda Civic Tourer will be built at Honda’s UK manufacturing facility before launching in Europe from early 2014.
Honda Australia has previously confirmed the wagon variant is not on the agenda for our shores.