Honda's Active Life Concept estate makes room for bikes
Honda will highlight the cargo space of its Civic Tourer estate at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Civic Tourer Active Life Concept is a true bicycle shuttle, accommodating two bicycles in back and keeping cyclists prepared with integrated equipment like a pump, bicycle repair arm and toolbox.
Honda gives the Active Life Concept a look that betrays its sporty intentions. The car includes a custom blue paint job that's contrasted by a lower gun metallic fade and silver roof. An aerodynamic cargo box offers overflow space for gear that doesn't fit inside the concept that rides on a new set of 18-in alloy wheels.
The Civic Tourer base has its fuel tank mounted centrally under the front seats, opening up more interior space. With the Active Life Concept, Honda takes advantage of the full 59 cu ft (1,668 L) of trunk space by ripping out the covers atop the underfloor storage to create a cargo well that helps neatly accommodate the two-bike rack. A separate wheel holder keeps the front wheels secure.
Not only does the Active Life Concept transport bikes and gear, it also serves as a sort of mobile bike shop. The rack includes an extendable arm that holds the bike under the tailgate for repairs and maintenance, while an integrated pump ensures that a forgotten floor pump never stands in the way of properly inflated tires. The trunk area also has a toolbox, water bottle holder and integrated water tank. A large light on the tailgate increases visibility in the dark and a retractable shade extends overhead coverage.
The concept car borrows its black roof lining from the Civic Sport and Civic Type R. Up front, blue stitching on the steering wheel and shifter and blue piping on the leather and suede-trimmed front seats tie the look together with the exterior. The door panels also include blue-accented suede.
Honda will reveal the Active Life Concept live at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. We'll be there to bring you photos of the ins and outs of the new cycling-centric concept car.