The new Honda Civic Tourer 2014 has been spotted for the first time out testing while heavily camouflaged. It is expected that it will very much look like the Civic Tourer concept car vehicle that was shown at the 2013 Geneva motor show.
The roofline for the vehicle is tall and it has maximum space for cargo. This is a design that was inspired by the 1980 and 1990 models of Civic and Accord. The tailgate is similar to the Civic hatchback in that it is nearly vertical and has high mounted tail lights. It has a full width light bar as well. The disguise has a floating roof which hides the rear pillar of the car that is rather like a Jaguar XF Sportbrake.
The dual tailpipe is hidden; unlike in the concept car and so it will look much more like the hatchback. It is wondered whether the sportier central pipe might be kept for the Civic Type R hatchback that is due in 2015, but we will have to wait and see. The rear door handles are hidden in the same way that they are on the hatchback and the styling at the front will look like the regular Civic.
The cabin architecture and powertrain will also be the same as the regular civic but the load space will be large. There will be ‘magic seats’ that can fold away to make more storage space and the low load sill will also help with loading. The rear suspension is also just a simple beam that will also aid easy loading.
It is expected that the vehicle will appear for sale in the spring of 2014. It is going to be built in Swindon with the Civic hatch and CR-V which is good news. The workforce at the factory was reduced because of low demand in Europe for the cars and so this additional work will be welcomed.