Honda Civic Tourer

5 Mar, 2013 11:59am Nick Gibbs

The sleek new Honda Civic Tourer estate has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show - and a Type R model could be on the way, too

Honda is set to shake up the estate market with a Tourer version of its Civic hatch, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.

The sporty five-door is billed as a concept, but don’t be fooled: this is pretty much how the production car will look when it appears at September’s Frankfurt show, before going on sale early next year.

The coupe-like window line follows the trend of premium models like the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake and Jaguar XF Sportbrake, and deflects some of the criticism of the hatch’s looks.

Engines will include Honda’s new 118bhp 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel, and although no figures are available yet, this is likely to emit less than 100g/km. Also likely is a 2.2-litre diesel, plus 1.4 and 1.8-litre petrol cars.

Honda hasn’t ruled out a hot Type R Tourer to rival the Ford Focus ST estate. This would feature a 2.0-litre turbo with as much as 300bhp, as in the Type R hatchback, which is already confirmed.

The Civic Tourer will be built in Swindon, Wilts, and will go head-to-head with the new British-built Toyota Auris estate, plus estate versions of the Focus, Renault Megane and Skoda Octavia.

Honda expects the Tourer to account for 20 per cent of Civic sales, and although it hasn’t released any boot figures, it says the car will blend its sleek design “with class leading cargo space” – so expect a load bay that easily eclipses the 1,502-litre maximum capacity of the Focus Estate.

Also on Honda’s Geneva stand is a CR-V with the same 1.6 i-DTEC diesel as the Civic. In the bigger SUV, this emits 119g/km of CO2, and reduces road tax bills to £30 a year.