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LA LIVE: 2016 Honda Civic Coupe

by Justin King

The production design stays close to the Civic Coupe Concept unveiled in New York.

Honda has revealed the production 2016 Civic Coupe, on display this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Following on the heels of the 10th-generation Civic Sedan, the sportier two-door variant stays close to the Civic Coupe Concept that made its public debut earlier this year in New York.

Both bodystyles share a longer wheelbase, stretched by nearly three inches, along with a wider body and a shortened front overhang, giving the cars a wider stance and "wheels out" proportions. The coupe also benefits from a lower seating position.

The coupe and sedan share the same redesigned front fascia, however the two-door is uniquely styled from the A-pillars rearward. Its steeply-raked roofline is nearly an inch lower than the sedan, while a shorter rear overhang contributes to an overall length reduction of 5.5 inches. Designers have also reworked the rear end, adding an illuminated arch that spans the deck lid between the C-shaped LED taillights.

Despite its sport-focused design, the new coupe brings a more spacious interior than its predecessor -- adding more than five inches of extra rear-seat legroom. Its revamped interior focuses on higher-quality materials, including LED lighting and a one-piece soft-touch instrument panel with molded stitching.

New standard equipment includes auto on/off headlights, LED daytime running lights, an acoustic glass windshield, and an electric parking brake, among other upgrades.

Powertrains carry over from the sedan, giving buyers a choice between a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine or a turbocharged 1.5-liter mill. The former delivers 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque, while the latter bumps output up to 174 ponies and 162 lb-ft of twist. The lowest trim level can be purchased with a six-speed manual transmission, though most will be equipped with a CVT.

Honda has not yet announced pricing information or launch details for the 2016 Civic Coupe.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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