The Brits and Europeans already get a stylish hatchback version of the Honda Civic that they don't share with us colonials. Now they're about to add a wagon version to that forbidden fruit.
The new Civic Tourer, as it is called, is scheduled for formal introduction at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It will go on sale in Europe in early 2014.
The new wagon displays a sleek and sporty look, emphasized by a rear quarter window that has been extended to cover the body work of the D-pillar.
But it also encompasses all the versatility and practicality expected of a wagon. It boasts a cargo capacity of 624 litres with the rear seats in place, and 1668 litres with them down (when loaded to the roof).
An Adaptive Damper System (ADS) is new feature to help accommodate varying load and driving conditions.
Honda Canada briefly imported a high-performance hatchback version of a British-built Civic hatchback several years ago but it proved too costly to be successful. So there's little chance of the Civic Tourer ever making it to these shores.
Too bad. It could be a worthy competitor for the Toyota Matrix.