Well the moment a lot of people have been waiting for is finally here. This week, Honda unveiled the long-awaited new 2016 Civic Coupe at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it’s a doozy. It keeps the more aggressive look of the concept we saw earlier this year with a longer, wider, and lower design and is also larger on the inside.
The 10-generation coupe is based off the completely redesigned Civic sedan with the same new front fascia and exterior styling cues.
Its wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer, 1.9-inches wider, and 1.4-inches lower than the last Coupe and its roof is about 1-inch lower than the new sedan. All this adds up to more sporty handling and 8.4 cubic feet more cabin room. Most of that’s in the backseat where passengers get over 5 inches more legroom.
“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,” says Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and general manager of the Honda Division.
The exterior stays true to the concept. It features the same fastback profile with sharp sporty lines. Yes, the cool Coupe exclusive rear arching C-shaped LED tail light design that sweeps from one side of the rear deck lid to the other is maintained as well. Sweet.
Honda continues the new sporty fun under the hood with two more powerful engine options. The base engine on the lower trims is a new 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine with 158-horsepower and 138 lb-ft torque, which is 15 more horses and 9 lb-ft more torque than the base 2015 model. The second engine though is where things really get exciting. For the first time ever, the Civic Coupe is going turbocharged with a new 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injection TURBO that gets 174-horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.
New standard features include auto on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold, Walk-Away auto door locks, new one-piece instrument panel with molded stitching, and nicer seat fabrics. LED headlights, remote engine start, heated front seats and side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and a full-color TFT center meter are available options.
Honda estimates the Civic to be an NHTSA top safety rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The automaker also projects an estimated fuel economy of 31 city and 41 highway mpg. Honda is mum on the pricing for now.
The 2016 Civic Coupe arrives in showrooms next March.