The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will become available in the spring of this year and the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will follow later in the year.
With the introduction last year of the new HR-V, the updated Accord and of the brand new 10th generation Civic, Honda has been hitting the market with good looking new products. Only a month into 2016 and the manufacturer already has two unveilings under their belt.
Starting with the Detroit Auto Show that opened up on January 11th, Honda unveiled a re-addition to their lineup. Disappeared in 2014, the Honda Ridgeline is returning with a new silhouette and attitude. The buttresses and sloping box line have been replaced with a more traditional, square angled pickup truck look. The front portion design is inspired by the Pilot, with the headlights integrated to the grille. The Ridgeline also shares the Pilot’s powertrain: the 3.5L V6 engine, available for the first time in either a front or all-wheel drive layout. The Intelligent Terrain Management also allows the driver to select the type of terrain to adapt the vehicle’s handling.
Capacity-wise, Honda takes pride in having come up with the most capable mid-size pickup trucks, with the most versatile four-door cabin and a 4-foot wide flatbed equipped with eight 350 lb-anchors and a 400-watt AC power inverter to power tools and equipment. Maximum payload can reach up to 1,600 lbs and a set of exciters located in the walls of the box allow to use it as a mega speaker, ideal for tailgate parties. A dual action tailgate that opens both in the traditional pickup way or on hinges like a door, gives easy access to the flatbed.
Only a few days following the unveiling of the new Ridgeline, Honda premiered the new Civic Coupe in Canada, at the Montreal International Auto Show. Styling wise, the Coupe is obviously the very close sister of the sedan with the same styling cues at the front. The silhouette however, is very close to the Honda Civic Coupe concept introduced at the 2015 New York Auto Show and much to our happiness, the automaker stuff very close to the concept, with the same sloping roofline an origami-like taillights. On the inside, the new Civic Coupe gains 222L in volume and 130 mm in legroom.
For the first time with this 10th generation, the Civic features a 1.5L turbo engine, as well as an all-new 2.0L engine rated at 158hp and 138 lb-ft of torque. If the entry-level 2.0L powertrain will be available with a base 6-speed manual transmission, the turbo will only be made available with a CVT.
Both models will of course sport the latest Honda technologies, including the Honda Sensing suite and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will become available in the spring of this year and the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will follow later in the year.