Japanese car manufacturer, Honda has released details of the new Civic Tourer ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013. The vehicle was developed and designed in Europe, and will be launched in the country by early 2014. The Civic Tourer will feature either the 1.6 i-DTEC engine from the Earth Dreams Technology series or the 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or automatic transmission. It also gets a new Adaptive Damper System (ADS), which will help to enhance stability and comfort under varying load and driving conditions.
The exterior design of the Civic Tourer is sophisticated and sporty. It has a bold line that runs continuously from the front A-pillar to the D-pillar creating the impression of a floating roof line. The rear quarter window glass has been extended to cover the body work of the D-pillar. The fuel tank is fitted under the front seats of the vehicle allowing excellent interior space and seat configuration.
The Civic Tourer will feature either the 1.6 i-DTEC engine from the Earth Dreams Technology series or the 1.8 i-VTEC engine in manual or automatic transmission. The 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine was first applied to the Civic 5-door and to the new CR-V. It is the first of Honda's Earth Dream Technology series to be introduced in Europe. 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).
The new Civic Tourer also features an innovative Adaptive Damper System. For the first time 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 required.
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).