2014 Honda Civic Coupe Redesign Details:
- Ninth-gen. Civic coupe redo follows in footsteps of sedan refresh earlier in 2013
- Civic coupe flosses a host of exterior design changes and interior refinements
- Performance upgrades were made across coupe and Si coupe and sedan lines
- Premium features include navigation, push-button start, blind spot display, and more
The ninth generation Civic may go down in history as one of Honda's biggest headaches. After caving to criticism last year over the design of the 2012 sedan, the 2014 coupe has received a major refresh like the 2013 four-door before it - still pretty early in the model's life cycle, we might add. Designers and engineers touched the coupe's looks inside and out, plus found more power, tightened up the handling a bit, came up with a new drive train option, and rolled out a number of other features.
The platform's nose and tail were reworked with a new grille, fender, hood, headlight design, taillight lenses, front and rear bumpers, side mirrors and wheel designs, with larger size wheels on some models. In Si mode, exclusive design cues include lower front bumper garnish, larger rear deck-lid spoiler, and front and rear air diffusers. Both the Si coupe and Si sedan get 18-inch wheels and tires with new wheel designs. Inside, a host of refinements were applied to all models, including new seat fabrics, door panel trim and audio panel color coordination.
From a performance perspective, the redone Civic coupe comes with a revised suspension rocking higher spring rates and a stiffer rear anti-sway bar; on the Si the new bounce also includes sport-tuned dampers. Under the hood, exhaust changes have led to slight increases in power, with the Si benefiting the most, picking up four horsepower (for 205) and four foot pounds of torque (to total 174).
A new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) replaces the five-speed slushbox option, enhancing both responsiveness and fuel efficiency; Civic EX and EX-L coupe models also boast new steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. New innovations and premium features on the 2014 Civic consist of a new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen control center with optional navigation function, Smart Entry with Push Button start, expanded view driver's mirror and Honda LaneWatch blind spot display for enhanced driver visibility, plus available auto on/off headlights and power driver seat with 8-way adjustability.
Tuners have had a long love affair with Civic, a fact not lost on American Honda executives. With the news of three VTEC TURBO engines emerging from Honda Japan this week, company reps know enthusiasts will be hoping for a considerable windfall Stateside.
"The tuner market can expect a lot of excitement coming from the Honda brand," says Michael Accavitti, Senior Vice President of Honda Automotive Operations. "We hear the customers. We are working as hard as we can to bring all of that stuff revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show here to [the U.S.] market. We want to bring as much of that fun-to-drive technology we have available around the world back here into the United States."
The 2014 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe launch at Honda dealerships nationwide on December 4, 2013, followed by the Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas early in 2014, and the Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan in the spring.