Honda reveals Civic Tourer

Honda Civic Tourer-2Honda has revealed images of its all-new Civic Tourer which will enter UK showrooms next year. The car will be officially unveiled at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Developed specifically for the European market, the car’s sporty styling accommodates what Honda says is “the best seats-up luggage capacity in its class”, with a capacity of 624 litres with the tonneau cover in place.

As a result of the Honda’s unusual floorpan design, the Civic Tourer also benefits from a completely flat and notably low load floor.

Like the new Jazz, the Civic Tourer gets Honda’s unique Magic Seats which enable a range of seating configurations for maximum versatility.The rear seats fold down in one easy movement, and the rear seat cushions can also be flipped up to reveal ample floor space for carrying tall objects.

A 60:40 split in the seat base offers even more options for carrying both people and cargo and provides an alternative load area if access via the tailgate is limited.

Honda Civic Tourer-1Disappointingly though, the Tourer doesn’t have the fold-forward front passenger seat fitted to the Jazz. As a result, the Tourer’s its maximum loadbay length is just under 1.8m.

The Tourer also shares its wheelbase and height with the five-door Civic hatch, and Honda has extended the rear floorpan to give the Tourer a 1040mm overhang, making it 235mm longer than the hatch.

Though no official pricing has been released by Honda, it’s expected customers will have pay between £800-£1000 extra for the Tourer over the respective hatch model.

Available in a choice of either the 140bhp 1.8 i-VTEC petrol, or the 118bhp 1.6 i-DTEC diesel, Honda expects the Tourer to account for 25% of Civic sales.

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Jim McGill is an award-winning motoring and motorsport journalist with more than 25 years' industry experience. He contributes to a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Scotsman, Sunday Herald and AA Magazine.

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