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Honda previews Civic wagon for the Euro market (pictures)

Honda's Civic Tourer concept proves that the practical wagon is back in vogue and sexier than ever.

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Honda Civic hatchback

GENEVA--The Civic hatchback wasn't popular enough to sell in the U.S., but it has proven popular enough in the European market to that Honda has spun the hatch off into a unique model, independent of the Civic sedan and coupe models' development. But what about European drivers who need more space than the current model offers?
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Honda Civic Tourer concept

Enter the Honda Civic Tourer concept, a preview of a possible future five-door variant of the European Civic.
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Civic and then some

The styling of the Tourer is largely identical to the hatchback from the B pillar forward -- look closely and you'll see the hidden triangular rear door pulls in the same place as the hatchback's. However, the rear of the vehicle has undergone a significant restyling.
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More trunk for junk

The Tourer's rear end has been stretched to allow for more space for cargo. The character lines of the hatchback almost look better on the elongated wagon.
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Central exhaust

Two center exhaust ports tuck into the rear bumper beneath the enlarged hatch.
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Integrated rear spoiler

A very spoiler-like central lighting element joins the organic tail lights and -- along with the integrated roof spoiler -- adds dimension and visual interest to what could be a slab of a rear end.
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Floating roof

Gloss-black sections blend with the side windows to create the illusion of 360-degrees of glass upon which floats the roof.
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Wide and low

Aside from the extra length, the proportions are similar to those of the standard Civic hatchback. When viewed head on, the Honda Civic Tourer concept takes on a wide and low appearance.
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LED forward lighting

Despite sharing the general shape of its headlights with the production car, the Tourer features futuristic LED headlamps and fog lights.
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1.6-liter diesel

The Civic Tourer is powered by Honda's 1.6-liter diesel engine, which sends power to the front wheels. Output is estimated at 118 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.
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Practically production-ready

The Honda Civic Tourer concept looks practically production-ready, so a safe bet would be that European motorists will be driving the wagon sometime in the next few years. Odds that it'll ever reach the U.S. market? Slim to none.

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