Another Honda Civic we won't get in Canada

British built Civic Tourer to be officially unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Published: August 13, 2013, 6:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:04 PM

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.

Developed and designed in Europe, with Honda’s European R&D team leading the creative and technical design process, the new Civic Tourer will be built at Honda’s UK manufacturing facility in Swindon, alongside the Civic hatchback, CR-V and Jazz (Fit).

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).

It will be offered with a choice of either a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel or a 1.8 litre i-VTEC diesel engine and manual or automatic transmission.

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.