Honda appears to be full of surprises these days. Just last week, the Japanese automaker's CEO confirmed the development of several cars including a Civic Type R hot hatch for Europe, a new Jazz / Fit supermini that will also spawn an SUV derivative, and a 'sporty' roadster.
Today, Honda's European President Manabu Nishimae revealed plans to add a new model to the carmaker's range during his Paris Motor Show press conference.
The vehicle announced today is a new derivative of Honda's European Civic in the form of a station wagon model. Honda went one step further and released a teaser image of the pre-production concept that will be shown next year, most likely at the Geneva Salon in March or the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The rendering reveals that the Civic Wagon will sport a contemporary design with hidden rear door handles (similar to the smaller Renault Clio Estate), marked front and rear fenders and a stylish roofline.
No other details were released on the Civic Wagon.
In related news, Honda used the Paris Motor Show to debut the first production model to wear its new 1.6-liter i-DTEC turbo diesel, the Civic, while also announcing that the recently launched European CR-V will get this engine during 2013.
The four-cylinder diesel generates an output of 118HP (120PS) at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 300Nm (221.3 lb-ft) at 2,000 rpm. Honda says that with this engine, the Civic achieves a combined fuel consumption of 3.6lt/100km (65.3 mpg US or 78.5 mpg UK) with CO2 emission of only 94 g/km (for cars fitted with 16-inch wheels).