Less than a week after we named the totally redesigned Honda Civic our Overall Best Buy for 2016, Honda pulled the cover off the new two-door iteration, the Civic Coupe.

At the Honda Advanced Design Studio in downtown Los Angeles, on the eve of the 2015 LA Auto Show, Honda unveiled a chiseled compact coupe that builds upon the new sedan's forward-looking exterior with a sportier slant that's truer to the well-received Civic Concept previewed earlier in the year at the New York Auto Show.

Sleek shape

Beyond the sheetmetal the Civic Coupe is very similar to the new sedan version, with the same excellent powertrain lineup and class-above interior appeal that helped the sedan secure our biggest award of the year. Exterior differentiators include an inch-lower overall height and the sloping roofline that leads to a tidier rear end with bolder styling.

Compared to the outgoing Civic Coupe, Honda says the new model offers rear seat passengers a whopping five additional inches of legroom, in a cabin that's 8 cubic feet larger. The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe will go on sale next March with prices expected to start around $19,000. 

Honda again mentioned forthcoming Civic Si and Civic Type R variants, but gave no new details. 

More Compact Car News from LA

Check out our coverage of the 2015 LA Auto Show for the latest on the all-new Hyundai Elantra, a thoroughly revamped Nissan Sentra, and an updated Kia Forte.

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