2016 Honda Civic Coupe

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

Honda is back to provide us more information about its 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, which was revealed prior to last year’s LA Auto Show. Set to go on sale in the US in March 2016, the Civic Coupe follows in the footsteps of its four-door sibling, with a slew of new tech, features and looks to make it “the best Civic ever.”

When it eventually goes on sale in the US, buyers will have a choice of five variants – LX, LX-P, EX-T, EX-L and Touring, with prices expected to start around the USD$20,000 (RM83,741) mark for the base LX.

Like the sedan, the Civic Coupe receives two petrol engines, mated to either a six-speed manual or CVT auto. The first is a 2.0 litre DOHC i-VTEC inline four-cylinder that dishes out 158 hp at 6,500 rpm and 187 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, which is deployed on the Civic Coupe in LX (manual, CVT optional) and LX-P (CVT) trims.

The other option is a 1.5 litre turbocharged DOHC direct injection inline four-cylinder with 174 hp at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 220 Nm from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. The turbo mill makes its way into the remaining EX-T, EX-L and Touring variants, all paired to a CVT.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

The Civic Coupe also gets an all-new chassis to deliver better ride and handling. Features include a front MacPherson/rear multi-link independent suspension setup, front-rear hydraulic compliance bushings (LX only gets them at the front), new dual-pinion electric power steering with variable gear ratios and bonded front-rear stabiliser bushings.

In numbers, the Civic Coupe has a wider track compared to its predecessor – 48 mm at the front and 63 mm at the back. The new car also comes fitted with Agile Handling Assist for the first time, which allows for brake torque vectoring, improving cornering performance.

A first for the Honda Civic Coupe is its new electric parking brake with automatic brake hold, which functions in a similar manner to that on the Honda HR-V here. Other standard systems here include four-wheel ABS with EBD and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control.

Resting on the chassis is an ultra-rigid body that employs 63% of high-strength steel, the highest in Civic history. The same is said on the application of ultra-high-strength steel, which is now at 12%.

On the outside, the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe measures 4,493 mm in length, 25 mm shorter than its predecessor. It is also 46 mm wider, at 1,798 mm and shorter (1,394 mm) by 3 mm. However, the car does have a longer wheelbase of 2,700 mm (up by 79 mm), which should bode well for interior space.

The dimensions are accompanied by a new look as well, previewed by the Honda Civic Concept from 2015. Though it largely resembles the sedan’s familiar front face, the car does receive a more aggressive stance here. From the A-pillars rearward, the Civic Coupe’s unique exterior styling includes a lower and more steeply raked roofline, measuring 25 mm lower than the sedan. It also gets distinctive C-shaped tail lights as well, running the length of the rear deck lid.

Adding to the visual impact are LED headlights, which are reserved for the Touring (others get halogen projectors), with LED DRLs. As for wheels, the LX and LX-P variants ride on 16-inch alloys wrapped with 215/55R16 size tyres, while 17-inch options are fitted on the remaining three variants, with 215/50R17 size tyres.

Inside, the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe benefits from the longer wheelbase and wider body by having a more spacious interior, with better headroom (927 mm front/ 876 mm rear), leg room (1,074 mm front/912 mm rear) and shoulder room (1,445 mm front/1,336 mm rear). Passenger space is now rated up to 2,577 litres, while cargo room is now at 337 litres (up by 5.7 litres). Additional practicality comes in the form of 60:40 split-folding rear seats.

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

Creature comforts located inside the cabin include a moonroof, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, seven-inch (800×480 resolution) touchscreen infotainment system with HondaLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration (LX and LX-P gets a basic five-inch touchscreen multimedia unit), heated front seats, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

On all Civic Coupe variants except the LX and LX-P, drivers will benefit from the Driver Information Interface (DII) that is positioned in the instrument cluster below the digital speedometer. The DII is controlled via steering wheel-mounted controls and displays among other things, the trip computer, maintenance reminder, navigation and audio playback.

On the safety side of things, only the Honda Civic Coupe Touring receives the Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies. Therefore, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) are available.