Honda’s new Civic-based estate car has broken cover for the first time at Geneva. Bearing the name “Civic Tourer Concept”, this display model shows off what the production model should look like when revealed in full at Frankfurt in September.
With production due to commence later in the year at Honda’s Swindon plant for 2014 deliveries, the Tourer adds a practical but smart edge to the new Civic range.
Engines are yet to be confirmed for this rather aggressively styled estate, but you can expect a similar line-up to the hatchback range which currently boasts a 1.6 diesel capable of 94g/km CO2 along with a 2.2 diesel, and smooth-revving 1.4 and 1.8 petrol units.
Also in Honda’s Geneva Civic rumbles is a forthcoming Type-R version – the latest in a long line of cars to wear the red “R” badge.
Though mooted last year, Honda have been shy on the details thus far, only confirming at Geneva that the production model uses engineering experience gleaned from its exploits in the World Touring Car Championship, and will be tested on the Nrburgring (where else?) this summer.
If the aggressive looks of the Concept carry through to production, the British-built Civic Tourer will be one of the most distinctive of the C-segment estates. It’ll find itself up against the highly capable Ford Focus Estate and brand new Toyota Auris Touring Sports, but should be a genuine class-leading contender.
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