The first official photos and details of the new Honda Civic Tourer have been released ahead of its official unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

The new Civic Tourer will be powered by a choice of either Honda’s new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine or a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol with manual or automatic transmission.

The Tourer will also represent the debut of a new Adaptive Damper System (ADS).  The system offers a choice of three settings – comfort, normal and dynamic – that Honda says improves stability and comfort under a variety of load conditions.

Load space in the Tourer increases to 624 litres with the rear seats in place, up from the 477 litres of the regular five-door model.

With the rear seats folded, this increases to 1,668 litres – 290 litres more than the hatchback model.

The load lip has been lowered by 137mm compared to the five-door model to make loading easier.

The load bay features an underfloor storage area, plus a compartment to stow the tonneau cover when not in use.

Honda’s Magic Seats also make a welcome appearance – the rear seats fold flat in one easy movement, and the seat bases can be folded up to accommodate tall objects.

Design-wise, Honda have worked to integrate the new rear section of the car into the Civic body shape.  The rear side window glass extends over the D-pillar to create a wrap-around look to the glass house, while the rear door sash has been raised by 17mm in comparison to the Civic hatch.

The new Civic Tourer will be built in the UK, and will be launched throughout Europe in early 2014.