Honda’s new Civic Tourer will go on sale in early 2014 after a public debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.
new model was developed in Europe specifically for the EU market and
has retuned chassis settings and the unusual option of automatic
adaptive dampers on the rear axle.
Despite the car’s sporty,
low-roofed appearance, Honda says that the Tourer has the best seats-up
luggage capacity in its class: an impressive 624 litres with the tonneau
cover in place.
The Honda also has the significant advantage of a
completely flat and notably low load floor. That’s thanks to the
Civic’s unusual floorpan design, which sites the fuel tank under the
front seats, freeing up space beneath the rear seats. The extra room,
combined with the compact torsion beam axle, makes the car’s rear
floorpan much lower than in rival cars.
Like the Jazz supermini, the Civic’s
‘magic’ rear seats — which have a 60:40 split — have folding and
pivoting squabs, which can be raised with seat backs upright, allowing
tall objects to be carried upright in the rear. The squabs can drop into
the rear passenger footwell, allowing the backs to fold low and flat.
However, one thing that the Tourer doesn’t share with the Jazz is a fold-forward front passenger seat. The upshot is that its maximum loadbay length is just under 1.8m.
the Tourer shares its wheelbase and height with the five-door Civic
hatch, Honda has extended the rear floorpan to give the Tourer a 1040mm
overhang, 235mm longer than the hatch’s.
The loading lip has also
been dropped on the Tourer by a significant 137mm, something designed
to appeal as much to dog owners as load carriers.
expected to be £800-£1000 higher than the equivalent Civic hatch. So the
entry-level Tourer will be a 140bhp 1.8 i-VTEC petrol costing about
£19,200. A 118bhp 1.6 i-DTEC diesel is the other engine option. The
Tourer is expected to account for one in every four Civic sales.
Thanks to: Autocar