Honda charges entry segment with Civic Coupe

New 2-door mixes futuristic new look of sedan with exciting lines

Published: November 17, 2015, 10:00 PM
Updated: November 23, 2021, 2:42 PM

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

Having recently redone the Civic sedan, Honda was primed to inject a little more excitement into the line with the new coupe version at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Civic Coupe is the second step in the overhaul of the 10 generation of the Civic lineup, which will also see the addition of a 5-door hatchback (a first in Canada since the CVCC of the early 1980s), Civic Si variants and the new Type-R. The front end look is almost identical to that of the sedan, but the rear presentation is unique to the coupe.

The newest member of Canada’s top seller, the Civic, will hit the streets in March 2016 with an athletic new look and adrenaline-pumping driving dynamics arising from a sophisticated new chassis. As with the sedan, it features two new engines (including the first ever turbocharged engine in a Civic Coupe) that not only offer up more power but also improved efficiency. And in the cabin, there is more room, soft-touch surfaces, upgraded seat fabrics and trimmings, and compatibility to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Power comes from a choice of the base 2.0-litre dual overhead cam VTEC four-cylinder engine putting out 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque or the 1.5-litre turbo direct injected “four” that provides 174 hp and 162 lb-ft.

The cabin is made roomier (by 8.4 cubic feet) thanks in part to an enlargement of the base – a 80mm longer wheelbase and a 48mm wider body – which adds back seat room (legroom is increased by 130mm) and also aids in creating a more stable platform to enhance handling, when you factor in a lower roofline (by 20mm) and a lower hip point in the seating positions. Overall length is shortened by 140mm, which means reduced front and rear overhangs, when you factor in the lengthening of the wheelbase.

New features include auto on/off headlamps, LED daytime running lights and taillights (and available headlights), electric parking brake, automatic climate control and walk-away auto door locks. Remote engine starting and rain-sense wipers are also available.

“We continue on our epic 10th-generation Civic journey with the sportiest, most sophisticated and tech-savvy Civic Coupe yet,” concluded Dave Gardner, senior vice president of Honda Canada Inc. “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.”

Coupes for Canada will continue to be sourced from the plant in Alliston, Ontario.