Honda has released official photos of the new Civic Tourer which will be debuted at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, with an on sale date of early 2014. It will be built at Honda's UK manufacturing facility in Swindon alongside the hatchback variant and the CR-V and Jazz.
The Civic Tourer is slightly longer than the hatchback (4520mm x 1770mm x 1440 mm) compared to hatchback's (4285mm x 1770mm x 1440 mm). Which sees a fair increase in the boot size - 624 litres with the seats in place comparing to the hatch's 477 litres.
The glass of the rear quarter window has been extended to cover the body work of the D-pillar and the rear door sash has been raised by 17mm compared to the Civic hatchback where the height of the loading lip has been reduced by 137mm.
There is a choice of two engines for the new Civic Tourer, the new diesel 1.6 i-DTEC which is well suited to the car, as we found out when we recently drove the hatchback and the petrol 1.8 i-VTEC engines in manual or automatic transmission.
According to Honda the Civic Tourer has class leading boot space - the cargo area will accommodate two full-size mountain bikes or three large-sized Samsonite cases with the tonneau cover pulled over. The figures equate to 624 litres with the rear seats in place, up to the window line. And with both of the 60:40 split rear seats folded down (they fold flat) and filled to the roof you will be able to carry 1668 litres of luggage.
To help with handling and comfort the Civic Tourer features an Adaptive Damper System on the rear axle. The system has three settings - comfort, normal and dynamic - all of which have been developed to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions.
On sale early 2014, with order books open towards the end of the year - prices are expected to start at around £18,995 - with trims matching the current hatchback line-up.
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