Los Angeles 2015: Honda Civic Coupe officially breaks cover

Los Angeles 2015: Honda Civic Coupe officially breaks cover image

Text: / Photos: Brent Co | posted November 19, 2015 02:05

Hotly-anticipated 2016 Honda Civic Coupe debuts in the City of Angels

After Honda revealed the sedan version of the tenth generation Civic last September, the automaker unveiled the coupe variant of the renowned compact during the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Simply called the Civic Coupe, Honda says that it will deliver the same sporty appearance like the sedan albeit with more ‘emotion’ and flair.

“We continue on our epic 10th-generation Civic journey with the sportiest, most sophisticated and tech-savvy Civic Coupe yet. I think our customers are going to be utterly surprised by what this new Coupe delivers in terms of refinement, safety, efficiency and fun-to-drive performance,” said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and General Manager of the Honda Division.

Like the sedan, the all-new Civic Coupe will is underpinned by a new lightweight-rigid platform. Constructed out of ultra-high strength steel, this allows the car to have a light overall curb weight while providing better torsional rigidity.

Style-wise, the 2016 Civic Coupe looks more aggressive but retains the distinct profile of the original sedan. Ever present at the front is Honda’s Solid Wing Face’, which extends towards the headlights. Compared to the sedan, the Coupe gets slightly altered headlamps that appear to carry HID and halogen illumination.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe rear

Towards the side, the coupe profile is instantly recognizable with the sloped roofline that seamlessly runs the entire length of the car. Honda added that the Coupe is 25.4mm lower than the sedan and is also 139.7mm shorter than the four-door. Other changes seen on the car is a set of new alloy wheels.

It is at the back where the differences between the sedan and coupe can be seen. It has a diffuser integrated rear bumper, trunk-mounted spoiler and a taillight trim that covers the entire width of the cluster.

The cabin largely carries over from the sedan but Honda stated that both cars exude the same quality of sportiness, interior refinement and space, and onboard features. It has a one-piece soft touch instrument panel, premium fabric seats, new full-color TFT center display, LED shift indicator and a leather-clad gear lever. The TFT display and leather-wrapped shift lever are only available on EX and higher-spec models.

In terms of infotainment, the Civic Coupe is fitted with an 7-inch Android OS-based touchscreen system that supports audio streaming, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay and Honda’s own Satellite-Linked Navigation System that was developed in cooperation with Garmin.

Two engines are available for the Civic Coupe; a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-four and a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-banger. The former is a DOHC, i-VTEC motor that puts out 158 PS at 6000 rpm along with 187 Nm of torque at 4200 rpm. On the other hand, the latter is a direct-injected turbo VTEC engine which cranks out 174 PS 5500 rpm and 219 Nm of torque that is available between 1800 – 5500 rpm.

Like the sedan, the bigger engine can be mated to a CVT or 6-speed manual gearbox while the smaller turbocharged engine will only be available with a CVT.

Other features that will be available in some high-end models of the 2016 Civic Coupe include Honda Sensing safety and driver assist technologies and new advanced airbags.

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will hit US dealerships in March of next year.