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Frankfurt LIVE: Honda's Europe-bound Civic wagon

The Civic Tourer is a wagon version of the Euro-market Civic.

Honda's European division has published the first official images of the 2014 Civic Tourer station wagon. Based on the EU-spec Civic, the wagon greeted the media today at the Frankfurt Motor Show before it will go on sale throughout Europe early next year.

Heavily-influenced by a close-to-production concept that bowed at the Geneva Motor Show last March, the wagon looks noticeably taller than the upmarket Accord Tourer (known as the Acura TSX Sport Wagon in the U.S.) that it will share showroom space with. It wears an aggressive look thanks to a rakish D-pilllar, sculpted flanks and rear door handles that are integrated into the C-pillar to create a silhouette that is slightly reminiscent of a shooting brake.

The Civic Tourer inaugurates Honda's new Active Damper System, an advanced suspension setup that optimizes handling by providing three driving modes: Comfort, normal and dynamic. The driver will be able to select each mode by pressing a button located on the center stack.

Although the Tourer shares its dashboard with the regular Civic, engineers went to great lengths to make the wagon as practical as possible. The rear seats fold flat into the floor, a common feature on nearly all family cars, but the seat bench can also flip up to facilitate the task of carrying tall items. Honda's latest wagon offers 22 cubic feet of trunk space with the second row of seats left up and 60 cubic feet with the seats folded flat.

Most Civic Tourers will undoubtedly be ordered with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel, but buyers after more performance will be able to order the wagon with a 1.8-liter VTEC four-banger. Both engines will send power to the front wheels only via either a manual or an automatic transmission.

Pricing information and more concise technical information will be available closer to the wagon's on-sale date. At the time of writing Honda does not plan on offering a station wagon version of its popular compact in the United States, but the Active Damper System might make its way over the pond.

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