Europeans love wagons. Americans, well, the automotive media seem to have a fixation on the two-box designs but, despite repeatedly optimistic forecasts, consumers have yet to regain the love affair with a design that peaked during the Baby Boom era.
No wonder, then, that Honda is taking its Civic Wagon Concept to the Geneva Motor Show for its debut. The maker has provided a sketch that “provides strong cues for the exterior design of the final mass produced version,” it says.
It expects the Civic derivative to further strengthen the compact line-ups position in the hotly competitive European market. What it doesn’t say is whether it will be bringing the production model to the U.S. Las Vegas would probably give odds that it won’t. But even more surprising things have happened.
Honda isn’t providing any more details about the Civic Wagon Concept though, if recent trends hold true, we’d also be willing to bet better than even money the show car will be equipped with a hybrid drivetrain.
After years of middling success for its original system, Honda is in the midst of rolling out three separate hybrid drivetrains, part of its Earth Dreams Technology program. There’s a high-end, three-motor system that will go into models such as the Acura NSX and MDX, a two-motor design to be offered in the upcoming Accord Hybrid, and an economy-priced single-motor hybrid for use in models such as the Civic.
Along with the Civic Wagon Concept, Honda will roll into Geneva with the stage-2 NSX concept first unveiled in Detroit last month. And it will unveil a new diesel-powered CR-V.
And that begs the question of whether we might see that 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine come to the States in the future? Honda backed off on an earlier plan to add a diesel to its U.S. line-up but now, with both Chevrolet in the Cruze, and Mazda in the Mazda6, offering diesels Honda may just revisit its plans for the high-mileage technology.
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