Spy shots reveal production version of the Honda Civic Tourer estate
5 April 2013

These are the first pictures of the production version of the Honda Civic Tourer estate, recently seen as a concept car at this year’s Geneva motor show.

To be built in Swindon alongside the hatchback, the car will go on sale in the first quarter of next year. 

The production car will look much like the concept, although the front-end design will be toned down and the lights will be less ornate. But the low roofline at the rear will stay, along with the large window in the C-pillar.

Distinctive features, like the shape of the rear lights and the red bar that runs across the tailgate, will also make production. A small cutout in the disguise tape on the bootlid suggests that bar will incorporate a lighting function.

Honda is not claiming best in class load space, instead describing the Tourer’s capacity as close to the best. But expect the car to feature some clever detailing.

The Civic’s layout, with its fuel tank under the front seats and beam axle rear suspension, means the Tourer will have a very flat boot floor. It could use seats that copy the Jazz’s, which have squabs that flip up to create a second luggage compartment and fold flat into the floor. 

The manufacturer's engineers said the Tourer will do something clever with the loading sill, which will take advantage of the flat floor. The way the boot lid meets the bumper of the test car in our pictures suggests that the company has effectively done away with the sill. 

Honda reckons the Tourer will account for 20 per cent of Civic sales. It maintains that the C-segment market, in which the Civic competes with the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus, is growing, and hopes that the car will also attract buyers from the class above in the same way that the Octavia has for Skoda 

Dan Stevens

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5 April 2013

Looks lika disgused 1st gen Type R,but i think it will look less awkward than the saloon.

Peter Cavellini.

6 April 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Looks lika disgused 1st gen Type R,but i think it will look less awkward than the saloon.

Saloon?

5 April 2013

Looks like they've kept the ugly front end from the hatch.

*belch*

5 April 2013

 

 Looks miles better than the hatch.

 More likely to be 80% of Civic sales, than the other way Autocar claims.

 

5 April 2013

I saw a Civic hatch in a bronze grey. It looked like a hippo from the rear 3/4. The whole shape is off. This might look more like a regular car with poor detailing.  An improvement. 

6 April 2013

Looks a bit like the Honda Stream MPV but with less seats.

7 April 2013

Honda reliability and quality, coupled with tough 1.8 petrol or torque laden 1.6 diesel, decent load space and practicality, and better styling. if they can improve the ride and refinement in the process this could be a very good car.

10 April 2013

....Civic competes with the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus.

Where I am in the country - I see more VX Astra Tourers than Golf and Focus estates. Perhaps slightly more 'over observant' with this one given I drive one.

Will the boot have more than 500 litres and 1550 litres (folded) - that's the imp question?


D.

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