Following the concept that debuted earlier this year, Honda is getting closer to bringing it's Honda Civic Tourer to reality. The automotive manufacturer is releasing photos of the wagon, in advance of it's official unveiling at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. It's very similar to the concept that we met before, though missing the big wheels and centre-mounted exhaust.
While specs have not yet been officially released, here's what we can tell you.
Two engines are available, a 1.6 i-DTEC (diesel) and a 1.8 i-VTEC (gasoline), offering about 120 hp and 148 hp respectively. It's available with both automatic and manual transmissions.
The Tourer sports a floating roof, wraparound taillights and angular headlights. The front end feels familiar, there's no mistaking that this is a Volkswagen. The car's rear doors are without handles- they are hidden in the C-pillars. The car offers more in terms of style than it's competitors, without compromising on practicality.
Inside, the cabin should be about the same as the standard version, but roomier. It's a wagon, so there is lots of cargo space- it can hold up to 58.9 cubic feet of gear or luggage in the back which is a new benchmark in the segment. The 2014 Honda Civic Tourer is also equipped with "Magic Seats" in the rear that fold down in a single easy one touch motion. There is also additional space in the floor of the trunk.
To handle all of this potentially heavy cargo, the Civic Tourer boasts a controlled ADS (Adaptive Damper System) rear suspension.
The 2014 Honda Civic Tourer will be built in the U.K, and will arrive in European dealerships early next year. The small wagon segment is especially popular in Europe, and Volkswagen expects the Tourer to be a strong contender in this competitive market.
Celebrating it's 65th year, the Frankfurt Motor Show will be held September 12-22 in Frankfurt, Germany.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca