Following the launch of the all-new, 10th-generation Civic Sedan a few weeks ago, Honda has just introduced the coupe variant. The car is on show this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will be arriving in showrooms next March, as a 2016 model.

From our live shots, you’ll immediately notice that the new Civic Coupe is much sleeker and sportier than the previous-generation model. It features a lower roofline and more planted stance. Honda says there’s a longer wheelbase (+2.9 inches), wider body (+1.9 inches) and shortened front overhang (-1.4 inches). These extra proportions see interior space grows by 8.4 cubic feet and rear-seat legroom by as much as 5.0 inches—not bad for a compact.

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Both the new Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe share a platform that brings weight savings and improvements in torsional rigidity, ensuring that the 10th-generation Civic models are far superior to the predecessor models when it comes to driving dynamics. The suspension is also completely new, with redesigned MacPherson struts up front and a new multi-link rear setup mounted to a rigid rear subframe.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

As expected, the powertrains are also common—for now. Lower trim levels get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to a CVT on most trim levels but buyers of the entry-level LX can have a six-speed manual transmission. Mid-spec trim levels up to the range-topping Touring get Honda’s new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which delivers 174 hp and 162 lb-ft. This engine can only be had with a CVT, unfortunately. Drive is to the front wheels only on all Civics.

The interior is pretty much lifted straight from the sedan. All trim levels receive significant upgrades to interior style, with soft-touch materials and high-grade finishes, along with a bevy of new standard and available features, including the Honda Sensing suite of electronic driver aids plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems. Other features, normally reserved for premium cars, include remote engine start, heated seats and side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and even LED headlights.

As mentioned, a showroom appearance for the Civic Coupe will take place next March. Later in 2016, Honda will introduce a Civic 5-door hatchback and eventually the sporty Civic Si and Civic Type R. While you await those cars, see what else is at the L.A. Auto Show by visiting our dedicated hub.


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