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Default Honda shows off Civic Tourer ahead of Frankfurt debut

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First Glimpse of the new Honda Civic Tourer

11.08.2013 -- Honda has provided more information about the new Civic
Tourer ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in
September 2013.

The new Civic Tourer was developed and designed in Europe, allowing
Honda's European R&D team to lead the creative and technical
design process. The sleek and sophisticated profile of the Civic
Tourer does not compromise the car's practicality. The Civic Tourer
delivers exceptional versatility and functionality with class leading
interior space of 624L (trunk volume with the rear seats up, measured
up to the tonneau cover).

The Civic Tourer will feature either the1.6 i-DTEC engine from the
Earth Dreams Technology series or the 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or
automatic transmission. A brand new Adaptive Damper System (ADS) will
help to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving

The Civic Tourer will be built at Honda's UK manufacturing facility
and will be launched in Europe from early 2014.

Functionality & Form: No compromise on design or space
"I am very proud of the Civic Tourer's sporty, sleek and dynamic
proportions, which somewhat hide the car's true functionality and
versatility. To achieve true utility on a compact car, you have to
consider how to make the most of the space in the cabin, which
generally also affects the design. Due to the clever platform of the
Civic, we had freedom to optimise the package. The end result is a car
that has almost a sports-car silhouette. For me, the strength of the
car is the synergy of functionality, versatility, and dynamic
expression." Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer.

The exterior design of the Civic Tourer is sophisticated and sporty,
its unique style is defined by a bold line that runs continuously from
the front A-pillar to the D-pillar creating the impression of a
floating roof line.

The development team for the Civic Tourer spent much time working on
new ways to interpret this section of the car to deliver a feeling of
premium value and character. The glass of the rear quarter window has
been extended to cover the body work of the D-pillar and the rear door
sash has been raised by 17mm compared to the Civic 5-door to enable
this bold styling line and creating an elegant look.

"At first glance it is clear that the Civic Tourer does not look
like other Wagons. Recently-launched cars have tended to follow a
similar style. The Civic Tourer has a different balance and
appeal." Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader, Civic Tourer.

Behind this sophisticated and sporty design is a hidden versatility
that leads to clever functionality and unrivalled practicality.

The Civic Tourer benefits from the same unique centre fuel tank layout
used in the Civic 5-door. The fuel tank is located under the front
seats allowing the Civic Tourer to offer unparalleled interior space
and Honda's magic seat configuration.

The Civic Tourer offers class leading interior space across both the C
and D segments. The cargo area will accommodate 2 full-size mountain
bikes or 3 large-sized Samsonite cases with the tonneau cover pulled
over to conceal the cases.

624L* trunk volume (Rear seats up, up to window)
1668L* trunk volume (Rear seats down, up to roof lining)

There is a small compartment suitable for storing the tonneau cover so
that it can be detached and stored out the way when it is not needed.

Furthermore, there is additional under floor storage in the boot which
makes carrying tall objects in the boot easy and the height of the
loading lip has been reduced by 137mm* compared to the Civic 5-door to
facilitate effortless loading.

Honda's unique Magic Seats deliver further practicality and space
within the Civic Tourer, enabling a range of seating configurations
for maximum versatility.The rear seats assembly folds down in one easy
movement, and the interior trunk floor of the Civic Tourer has been
raised compared to the 5-door to create a completely flat area when
the seats are folded down.

The rear seat cushions can also be flipped up to reveal ample floor
space for carrying tall objects. A 60:40 split in the seat base offers
even more options for carrying both people and cargo and provides an
alternative load area if access via the tailgate is limited.

Driving Performance: Advanced and Efficient Technology
The Civic Tourer will feature either the1.6 i-DTEC engine from the
Earth Dreams Technology series or the 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or
automatic transmission.

1.6 i-DTEC
The 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine was first applied to the Civic 5-door and
subsequently to the new CR-V. The engine is the first of Honda's Earth
Dreams Technology series to be introduced in Europe.

The philosophy behind Earth Dreams Technology is to deliver an
impressive balance between fuel economy and driving performance and
this is certainly the case in the Civic Tourer.

The 1.6 i-DTEC engine is comprised of an aluminium cylinder head
joined to an open deck aluminium block and is the lightest diesel
engine in its class. The mechanical friction has been reduced to the
level equivalent of a petrol engine. All the rotating parts have been
carefully optimised to reduce their friction, helping to provide
excellent fuel economy whilst making sure the new Civic Tourer is fun
to drive.

The 1.6 i-DTEC engine was designed specifically for the European
Market and is built at Honda's UK Manufacturing plant (where the Civic
Tourer will also be built).

Adaptive Damper System (ADS)
The Civic Tourer also features an innovative Adaptive Damper System.
This is the first time that a rear adaptive damper system has been
introduced on a production car and it features three settings -
comfort, normal and dynamic - all of which have been developed to
enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving
conditions. This allows the Civic Tourer to remain comfortable during
highway cruising, yet firm and agile when high-performance handling is

"By introducing the technology in this format, we expect many
customers will be able to experience the benefits of this advanced
system." Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader.

As with all Honda cars, safety was at the forefront of the development
team's mind when designing the Civic Tourer, particularly the
integration of advanced active safety systems. The Civic Tourer will
deliver a high standard of safety for the driver, passengers,
pedestrians and other road users in line with Honda's philosophy of
'Safety for Everyone'.

Comparison table (Civic 5-door/ Civic Tourer)


Dimensions (LxWxH)
4285/1770/1440 / 4520/1770/1440*

Luggage space (Seats up, up to window)
477 / 624*

Luggage Space - (Seats down, up to roof lining)
1378 / 1668*

Load height (mm)
702 / 565*

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