2016 Honda Civic Coupe debuts at 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 19, 2015

Honda unveiled the second member of its reengineered 10th-generation Civic lineup -- the 2016 Civic Coupe – at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and general manager of the Honda Division, describes the vehicle as the sportiest, most sophisticated and most tech-savvy Civic Coupe yet. Indeed, the Civic Coupe offers all these in an emotional rendition of the all-new Civic styling.

Safety, of course, remains a priority for the 2016 Civic Coupe. In fact, this vehicle makes use of Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Body Structure (ACE) -- which when used in conjunction with advanced airbags and seatbelts as well as with the available Honda Sensing suite advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies -- provide a high level of safety.

With these safety elements, Honda is targeting to grab an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Conrad remarked that customers will be surprised by what the new Civic Coupe can bring in terms of refinement, safety, efficiency and fun-to-drive performance.

With a scheduled launch in March 2016, the new 2016 Civic Coupe is the second in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that is being launched in the 18 months -- Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, Civic 5-door hatchback for the United States, Civic Si performance variants, and the new Civic Type-R for the US.

Exterior Design

Holding all that power is a Civic Coupe body and exterior that feature a new sporty and premium styling trend started by the recently launched Civic sedan. It now features a bolder front fascia and fast-back profile.

Its dimensions give the Civic Coupe its athletic figure and wider stance -- wider body (plus 1.9 inches), longer wheelbase (plus 2.9 inches), and shorter front overhang (minus 1.4 inches). Moreover, the new Civic Coupe features a lower seating position, which helps amplify its low and wide driving character.

Starting from the A-pillars to the rear, the new Civic Coupe features a lower and more steeply raked roofline -- almost an inch lower than the Sedan.

It also features more compact proportions, as its rear overhang and overall length is now shorter by 5.5 inches. At the rear, the new Civic Coupe dons an exclusive rear taillight design featuring the arch of the C-shaped LED taillights across the full length of the rear deck lid.

Interior Design

Inside, the 2016 Civic Coupe is now sportier yet more comfortable than the outgoing model, thanks to a cabin space that is roomier by 8.4 cubic feet and a rear seat legroom that is now longer by over 5 inches.

Furthermore, the cabin of the new Civic Coupe now carries a more premium tone thanks to the use of high-quality materials and high-contrast finishes.

For instance, the cabin now features more premium seat fabrics as well as a soft-touch instrument panel with molded stitching. It also features door inserts with real stitching, an LED shift indicator and LED overhead lighting.

For the EX and higher trims, the cabin features a new full-color TFT center meter and a leather shift lever boot. All of the new Civic Coupes models come with upgraded interiors and a longer list of standard features.

Now installed as standard are LED daytime running lights, auto on/off headlights, LED taillights, automatic climate control (dual-zone in upper trims) and acoustic glass windshield. Also available as standard are Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold and Walk-Away auto door locks.

The optional features include: Honda LED headlights, heated front seats and side mirrors, Remote engine start, full-color TFT center meter, seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen and rain-sensing wipers. When it comes to audio and connected-car technology, the new Civic Coupe features the latest.

For instance, the coupe can be fitted with an available Android -based, seven-inch Display Audio touch screen interface as well as an array of streaming audio options like Pandora, SiriusXM and HD Radio.

For trim levels with Display Audio, the Civic Coupe is fully compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the other hand, the highest trims will feature a new Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System

Powertrain

Honda will be introducing two new advanced, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines for the 2016 Civic Coupe: new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine and a 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected TURBO powerplant.

Civic Coupe in lower trims will be powered by the new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine that develops 158 horsepower of output and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is basically around 15 HP and 9 lb.-ft. more powerful than the 1.8L engine that powers the 2015 Civic.

With that amount of power, this engine is made to be efficient, boasting of EPA fuel-economy ratings of 31 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined when paired to a CVT.

Customers for the lowest trim of the Civic Coupe may also opt to mate this engine to a six-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the new 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected TURBO is standard for the mid to highest trims of the Civic Coupe.

The turbocharged engine – the first-ever for Civic Coupe – develops up to 174 horsepower of output and 162 lb.-ft. of torque with anticipated EPA ratings of 31 mpg city, 42 mg highway, and 35 mpg combined.

This means that the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected TURBO is around 31 HP and 33 lb.-ft. more powerful than the than the 1.8L engine found in the 2015 Civic.

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