Most automakers have abandoned the wagon bodystyle in the US, but in Europe the wagon is still alive and well. That’s why Honda just revealed a new variant of the European Civic called the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer.
The Civic Tourer, which debuts at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next month, will join the existing Civic 5-door hatchback in Honda’s European lineup. Despite sharing a basic platform with the North American Civic, both European models deviate significantly from the Civic sedans and coupes sold in the U.S. Compared to the relatively staid US-market Civic sedan, the Tourer’s styling is much more daring, with an aggressive front fascia and a swoopy rising beltline that tapers to create a floating roofline effect in the rear. We’re happy to see that, apart from wheels and headlamp details, the Civic Tourer looks virtually identical to the attractive Civic Tourer concept shown earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.
In Europe, the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer will be offered with a choice of two four-cylinder engines, one diesel and one gasoline. The diesel engine is a 1.6-liter i-DTEC that is part of Honda’s Earth Dreams family of engines and the first of such to be offered in Europe. The 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine is not an Earth Dreams engine and is similar to the four-cylinder offered in the US-market Civic.
Like the Honda Fit, the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer has an unusual center fuel tank layout to create more cargo space, and the Fit’s “magic seats,” which fold in numerous configurations, are also present here. Honda says the Civic Tourer has class-leading cargo space. In Europe, the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer will compete in the C-segment, including cars like the Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus which are also offered in wagon form in Europe.
The 2014 Honda Civic Tourer also features a new Adaptive Damper System for the rear suspension which has three modes: comfort, normal, and dynamic. Honda says this is its first implementation of this system on a passenger car, but until Honda releases more details about this system we’re not sure how it differs from other adjustable systems as of yet.
Does this new Civic wagon entice you? Well, you’re out of luck because the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer won’t be sold on our continent anytime soon. Still, check out the gallery below to gaze at this Honda wagon goodness from afar.