At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Honda unveiled a quite interesting Civic Tourer Concept and, of course, everyone was expecting a production version to follow shortly after. Today, after just one month since the concept made its world debut, the production version has been caught testing for the first time.
As no surprise, the production version will look a lot like the concept, but Honda decided to fully camouflage it in an attempt to hide some design elements taken from the Civic hatchback. Most of the design elements borrowed from the standard version, like the taillight shape and the low roofline, will stay like on the concept.
The new Civic Tourer will likely be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with sales to being in early 2014. The model will be produced at the Swindon plant in the UK alongside the Civic hatch. Honda is expecting the Tourer to make a total of 20% of the Civic sales.
About Civic Tourer Concept
The concept unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show looks a lot like the concept version, except its swooping roofline, bulging wheel arches, a roof rack and its ability to accommodate more luggage.
No details have been announced about the concept’s drivetrain, but we expect it to be similar to the sedan version. For the production version Honda will likely develop a new 1.6 i-DTEC engine, plus a hybrid drivetrain.
Unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Auris Touring Sports will be one of the biggest competitors for the next Civic Tourer. Customers can choose between two diesel engines – 1.4-liter and 2.0-liter – and two gasoline engines – 1.33-liter and 1.6-liter, and a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine that delivers 98 horsepower with an electric motor, for a total output of 134 horsepower.
gallery: Toyota Auris Touring Sports
Unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the seventh-generation Golf Variant will be a tough competitor for the next Civic Tourer. Everyone knows that the Golf is a leader on the European market and the Variant version is sure to be no exception. As with the standard hatchback version, the new Golf Variant will be offered with petrol engines with power ranging from 85 to 140 horsepower and diesel engines ranging from 105 to 150 horsepower.