Europeans get all the good wagons. Case in point: our spy shooter caught this copy of the next-generation Honda Civic Tourer out testing, clad in minimal camouflage.
While the geometric shapes of the camo try to fool your eye from seeing what this wagon is, the prototype caught testing looks almost identical to the near-production “concept” Honda showed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The sleek, arcing roofline will make its way to production, as well the bold, blistered wheel wells – although they do appear to be somewhat toned down from what we saw on the concept. Up front, the new Civic Tourer will wear the same blacked-out grille treatment used on both the Tourer concept and the current European Civic hatchback. Sadly, it looks like the wagon variant will lose the awesome-looking LED running lights that adorned the corners of the concept from last month. We can’t see if the production car will keep the striking dip in the glass at the D-pillar, but can see that the stylish taillights and sculpted hatch live on. It even looks like the same split five-spoke wheels from the concept will carry over, as well.
When the concept debuted in Geneva, Honda declined to detail the powertrains coming to the wagon version of the Civic. However, there’s little doubt that they won’t mirror what’s available in the hatchback. If so, that means European buyers will have a choice of 1.4-liter and 1.8-liter gas engines, 1.6-liter and 2.2-liter diesel engines, and either a manual or automatic transmission. Power output ranges from 98 hp to 148 hp.
Sadly, there is about zero chance that we’ll ever see the new Honda Civic Tourer on our shores. Our Civic sedan and coupe share little with the European hatchback and wagon beyond their names, and Honda hasn’t graced American showrooms with a Civic hatch since the seventh-generation Civic Si from 2003-2005, or a wagon since the fourth-generation car went out of production in 1991. What do you say – would you like to see the new Civic Tourer in the U.S.? Sound off in the comments section.