2018 Honda Pilot Rebelle Rally
The Honda Pilot Rebelle Rally is a mid-size SUV that doubles as an off-road adventure marauder. Created to compete in the 2018 Rebelle Rally, the modified Pilot competed in the Crossover Class, finishing fifth overall behind the driving and guidance of the “Desert Dreamers” team that’s made up of Honda product planner, Ariel Jen, and senior fabricator, Melanie Morimoto. The Pilot Rebelle Rally is headed to the 2018 SEMA Auto Show where Honda plans to showcase the aftermarket possibilities that can happen with its mid-size SUV.
There is never a car show that goes by without at least one manufacturer that turns up with a concept geared toward people with an “active lifestyle,” something for hauling bikes, surfboards, mountain climbing gear or whatever else is required for these people to have a good time. You might think that the huge number of these concepts that get rolled out every year are an indicator that car manufacturers have seriously misunderstood how many people really need these things, but that’s not quite it. Things like bikes and surfboards are large and unwieldy, and these concepts allow manufacturers to say “If it can handle this, it can haul anything,” or something along those lines.
These concepts also allow manufacturers to show off the cargo capacity of existing models while still touting it as something new and exciting. Thus we have the Honda Civic Tourer Active Life Concept, to be shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show, a concept designed to show just how great the Civic Tourer would be at hauling whatever you throw at it. Bikes are used to illustrate this point, and in fairness they do a commendable job of it. You might even find yourself wishing it was sold in North America.
Continue reading to learn more about the Honda Civic Tourer Active Life Concept.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Honda unveiled the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer Concept as a preview of things to come. Only months later, the production version made its public debut and, as expected, it featured only minor changes compared to the concept car. Based on the more popular 2015 Honda Civic hatch and specifically designed for the European market, the new Tourer won’t make it to the U.S., where Civic enthusiasts will have to settle for either the sedan or the coupe version.
In Europe, however, where grocery getters are significantly more popular, the Civic Tourer will enable Honda access to the compact wagon market, currently led by the 2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant.
Often praised for its daring looks, the Civic Tourer remains one of the more flamboyant propositions in its niche. When it comes to versatility and practicality, Honda argues that the Tourer offers class-leading trunk space and one of the roomiest interiors of any C-segment car.
With both gasoline and diesel engines at its disposal, as well as Honda’s new electronically adjustable rear dampers, the Civic Tourer sounds like a promising option. But does it have what it takes to threaten the popularity of the Volkswagen Golf?
Keep reading to find out more about the Honda Civic Tourer.
During the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Honda has announced a few details on its future plans, and we sure like what we have heard so far. The company has announced that the new generation Civic will also receive a station wagon version and a more powerful Type R derivation. As proof of this statement, they have also unveiled a teaser image of the wagon model.
A first concept version of the next Civic Wagon has been unveiled in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, with the production version to arrive in dealerships in early 2014.
The upcoming Wagon will look pretty much identical to the sedan version, except, of course, for a swooping roofline, bulging wheel arches, a roof-rack, and its capability to accommodate more luggage.
The car will be built on the same platform and will be offered with the same engine line-up as the sedan, but we will also see a new 1.6 i-DTEC engine. A hybrid version could also be a possibility.
UPDATE 03/07/13: Honda has unveiled new images and video for the new Civic Tourer Concept unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
One of the really cool things about being in Germany is that when you hail a cab, you’re flagging down something that’s more than a taxi; more often than not, what you’re getting is a Mercedes.
But now, there’s a new car that’s going to start making rounds in the land of the autobahn and while it’s not as luxurious as a Merc, it sure has something that Mercedes can’t boast of: it’s completely brand-new.
We’re talking the all-new European Honda Accord Tourer, which will be making its debut in Germany as a taxi. Powered by a a 2.2-liter i-DTEC four-cylinder diesel that churns out an output of 150 horsepower and 350Nm of peak torque, the new Accord Tourer – or Accord Tourer Elegance, as it will come to be known – will be making the rounds along the streets of Germany with an unmistakable taxi roof sign attached to it.
While the car is scheduled to have all the features of a standard Accord Tourer – electric tailgate, cruise control, leather steering wheel, heated front seats, MP3-capable CD player, dual-zone automatic climate control and 16-inch alloy wheels, to name a lot - it does have some functions that are unique to its kind. Among them include a taximeter case, wireless telephones and special brackets for the taxi sign.
So when you happen to find yourself in Germany anytime soon and you flag down a taxi that has a Honda logo emblazoned on the front, count your blessings. That ride is as new as it can get.
As reported last month, Honda was ready to slap a an ultra-hot "S" badge on a diesel European Accord (Acura TSX in the U.S.) Now we got to see this extra-hot oil burner in person at the Geneva Motor show.
The 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel engine makes 177 hp. This represents a 29 hp increase over the standard European Accord, but it’s still 24 hp shy of the standard gas-powered TSX (193 hp less than the TSX V6). In fact the TSX is rumored to get the diesel engine from Accord Type S in the future, but the Acura version may make more power.
Regardless of the low power, the look is quite striking. The Type S gets subtile additions like new lower bumper sections, front chin spoiler, sill extensions, smoke chrome finished grille. It will be available in either White Pearl or Basque Red exterior color. Sales across Europe will begin this summer.
Press release after the jump.
Honda unveiled today the European version of the all-new 2009 Accord that will make its world debut at the Geneva motor Show next month. All the engines in the new Accord are equipped with the Euro 5 emissions system, available starting September 2009.
Significantly wider and slightly lower, the styling adopts a more emotional, sporty motif. The ‘sharp-edged’ design, with pronounced muscular wheelarches that emphasize the car’s wider track, gives the Accord a distinctive, strong stance with a solid, planted feel. The distinctive nose and more flowing lines deliver a tauter and more athletic shape.
First choice of engine is the new i-DTEC engine that delivers 147 HP at 4,000 rpm, and a peak torque of 350 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The 2.0-liter i-VTEC offers similar levels of performance to its predecessor – 156 PS at 6,300 rpm – but builds on its class leading fuel economy. Key technological changes include increased diameter intake valves, further optimized valve lift and timing and increased inlet and exhaust air flow volumes.
The 2.4-liter engine is more powerful, delivering 200 PS at 7000 rpm and peak torque of 233 Nm at 4500 rpm – up from 190 PS and 223 Nm. Behind the figures are a compression ratio increased from 10.5 to 11.0:1, larger diameter valves, revised valve timing, and reduced exhaust system pressures.
All three engines are matched to a 6-speed manual transmission, while both petrol engines have the option of a 5-speed automatic.
Press release after the jump.
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