Called the Civic Tourer Active Life, the wagon does away with bulky roof-racks or bike racks for bicycle transportation and instead facilitates in-car storage for bikes.
Now there’s plenty of other cars with the space to take bikes in the back, but the Active Life features two dedicated storage bays.
This means a pair of bikes can be stored upright and without various parts (usually the wheels) being removed, allowing for quick loading and unloading.
Honda says the concept was designed to highlight the Civic’s class-leading 1668 litres of cargo space and versatility, showing that “style and space can work together”.
A centre-mounted fuel tank allows for the deep recess towards the rear of the car for the front bicycle wheels along with a low loading height at the tailgate.
Honda has also fitted a retractable arm which will hold a bike steady outside the loading area for maintenance or repairs.
There’s also an on-board air pump to inflate bike tyres, a toolbox, bottle holders with water tank for refilling and an aerodynamic roof box designed to house helmets, shoes and other cycling essentials.
Besides being a bike-lover’s dream car, the Active Life also features a unique paint finish which morphs from blue to gun metal, along with a new rear bumper design and new 18-inch alloy wheels.
Power comes from Honda’s 1.6 litre diesel engine which recently set a new Guinness world record for fuel efficiency; cracking 2.82 l/100km in a 25-day ‘real world’ challenge over 13,498km.
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