American Honda expands 2016 Civic lineup without wagon varient
For some Honda fans, change is never quite enough, is it? Today while taking a cruise through a Honda owners forum or two, we discovered that a handful of old-school holdouts yearn for a Honda Civic Sport-Wagon for North America. Hey, where’s my wagon?
While the old-school “Station Wagon” labeling and look of yester-year’s family hauler has long fallen by the wayside, a handful of holdouts, dare we call them wagon-fanatics, stand ready in waiting for Honda to pull the trigger on the launch of a Civic platformed 5 door wagon variant for North America and beyond.
Alright, we’ll take the bait, what do you want?
Honda Civic wagons of the past are not strangers to North America. They were a staple family hauler long before the Honda, Acura crossover SUV craze took a foothold. Never high volume sellers, these 5 door(hatchback) Honda wagons can be found in various, engine, drivetrain configurations and body variants. In-fact, Today’s Fit and HR-V can trace DNA lineage to the Honda wagons of yesteryear.
The subcompact and compact 5 door hatchback and SUV replaces “Wagon” in North America
For 2016 Honda expands the Civic lineup to include a 5 door hatchback manufactured in England and imported to the U.S.. We can state without reservation that a conventional Civic based station wagon, similar to the Civic “Tourer” wagon (referred to a hatchback in Europe) is not in the schedule for North American import.
Where’s my Civic Wagon...
While the European Civic Tourer Wagon is a beautifully proportioned car, North American drivers have voted with their wallets by purchasing the car-based unit-bodied CR-V crossover in record numbers; effectively usurping demand for conventional wagons in the U.S.and Canada.
Next in the lineup is HR-V, estimated to sell no fewer than 75,000 units in its first full year of production. We’ve driven it, we like it!
Honda has committed to importing a U.K. manufactured Civic 5 door hatchback, hopefully a Type-R variant while presenting the 10th generation Civic “World-Car” to the North American Civic fan base sometime in late 2015 or early 2016. There is no talk of importing the Civic Tourer Wagon.