Honda unveils new Civic Tourer

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Honda unveils new Civic Tourer

This is the all-new Honda Civic Tourer, which is being shown for the first time ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

Due to go on sale in the UK early in 2014, the Tourer will be built at the Japanese marque's factory in Swindon, alongside the CR-V and Jazz models.

It will be offered with two engines: a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol and the company's frugal new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel motor. A six-speed manual transmission will be offered as standard, with an automatic to be offered as an optional extra.

The new model has been developed specifically for the European market and has revised chassis settings over the standard model, including automatic adaptive dampers on the rear axle – usually the preserve of more expensive, luxury cars.

Unlike some of its boxier-looking rivals, the Civic retains its striking curves, thanks in part to a low-set and raked back roofline.

Despite this, Honda claims the Civic Tourer will have the best luggage capacity in its class, at least with the rear seats in place, with 624 litres of load space with the luggage cover fitted.

Further practicality is provided by the low and completely flat load bay, thanks to Honda fitting the fuel tank under the front seats rather than the rears.

It will also come fitted with the company's 'magic seats' that allow the rear seat bases to be folded upwards to load taller items in the rear foot wells.

The seat bases will also fold into the foot well to allow the seatbacks to fold flat.

The Civic Tourer is expected to cost around £1,000 more than the equivalent hatchback model when it arrives in UK showrooms early next year.

Honda Civic Tourer gallery

Honda Civic Tourer gallery