The public debut of the Honda Civic Wagon concept has been confirmed for the Geneva Motor Show. The Wagon concept is said to “strongly hint at the design direction of the final production version” of a long-awaited Honda Civic estate.
The concept sketch shows that the Civic estate is likely to feature a large crease over the rear wheelarches, a sloping roofline with integrated rear spoiler and a large LED tail-light assembly that runs right across the car's tailgate. Twin central exhausts also feature.
Honda has not yet confirmed whether the final car will be called Civic Aerodeck, as Civic estates have in the past. The production Civic Wagon is likely to arrive in early 2014, and will be built at Honda’s factory in Swindon.
The Wagon is expected to build on the Civic hatchback’s reputation for practicality. The Civic hatch has a 477-litre boot, which not only beats the Ford Focus hatchback (which has 316 litres of space) but the Focus Estate’s 476 litres, too.
It’s likely that to be powered by the same range of engines as the Civic hatchback, including the newly introduced 1.6-litre diesel engine that is also built at the Swindon plant. A higher power 2.2-litre diesel, and 1.4 and 1.8-litre petrols will also be offered.
Honda will also show a new 1.6-litre diesel version of its CR-V at the Geneva show. Like the two-wheel-drive petrol CR-V currently offered, the new 1.6-litre diesel model will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive.
Both the CR-V and its new engine will also be built at Honda’s Swindon factory, before going on sale in the UK in October.