Honda has published several photos with the upcoming Civic Tourer which will be available with a rear Adaptive Damper System.
Honda says it's the first time when a rear adaptive damper system is installed on a production model. It will come with a choice of three driver-selectable settings: comfort, normal and dynamic – all featuring different settings to meet various driving and load conditions.
Developed and designed in Europe, the 2014 Honda Civic Tourer is expected to have a "significantly" larger boot than other models in this segment. The vehicle will make its public debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale early next year. The model was previewed in March at the Geneva Motor Show by the very attractive Civic Tourer Concept and hopefully it won't get lost in translation as far as styling is concerned.
The Tourer will be less than 88 lbs (40 kg) heavier than the hatchback and will have CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km when fitted with the 1.6-liter diesel engine. A Honda source has revealed the more practical Swindon-built Civic Tourer will be between 500 GBP and 1,200 GBP more expensive than the equivalent five-door Civic.
Honda has confirmed that a world first rear Adaptive Damper System will be introduced on the new British built Civic Tourer, set to be launched in the UK from early 2014.
This is the first time a rear Adaptive Damper System has been applied to a production model. This innovative system features three settings - comfort, normal and dynamic - all of which have been developed to enhance stability and comfort under the varying load and driving conditions that the Civic Tourer is likely to experience.
“By introducing the technology in this format, we expect many customers will be able to experience the benefits of this advanced system,” said Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader.
The new Civic Tourer was developed and designed in Europe, allowing Honda’s European R&D team to lead the creative and technical design process. Throughout the development they drew on their experience of the demands and expectations of European customers and carried out testing in some of Europe’s harshest and most diverse driving conditions.
The Civic Tourer will demonstrate class-leading utility, advanced technology and distinctive styling and will be built at Honda’s UK manufacturing facility in Swindon. It is due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013, before being launched in early 2014.