Honda says yes to the mid-range Si

Sport compact fans have been blessed with a ton of fantastic products over the last few years, with models like the Subaru WRX, Volkswagen Golf R, Toyota 86, Mini Cooper S, Fiat 500 Sport, and Mazda MX-5 all proving that big fun can be had in small packages. Joining the party is the new Civic Type R, which just debuted in prototype guise at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Stateside buyers will be happy to know that the ‘Ring-storming, R’d-out tenth-gen Civic will indeed make it to U.S. dealers, but what if you want something a little less over the top? Honda has an answer, and it’s called the Civic Si. For now, details on the mid-ranger are still under wraps, but that’ll soon change, as it was just confirmed that the new Civic Si will make its formal public debut next month at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Breaking the news (perhaps unintentionally) is a single line in a recent L.A. Auto Show press release, which lists the Si as of many upcoming debuts slated to drop cover at the event. And while official specs are still forthcoming, a little speculation couldn’t hurt.

First off, we know the powerplant will be turbocharged, and will most likely be the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder currently outfitted on the more pedestrian Civic variants. Those models get 174 horsepower, but we think the Si will sport around 225 ponies, all of which will get routed to the front axle by way of a six-speed manual transmission.

The body style is bit more uncertain, but with the recent reveal of the tenth-gen Civic hatchback, an Si five-door seems likely. Also look for swoopy, sporty styling, with an aggression level somewhere around 5, as opposed to the Type R’s 11.

Major debuts at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show are scheduled to kick off Wednesday, November 16th, continuing into Thursday, November 17. Stay tuned, as we’ll be on the scene bringing you the latest as it happens.

Note: 2014 - 2015 Civic Si shown above.
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Why It Matters

The new Si is a nice addition to the lineup for L.A. It’ll be a great primer for U.S. audiences salivating at the thought of owning a new Type R, and it’ll give more rational buyers a solid option in the segment as well.

I’m fairly certain 225 horsepower from a 1.5-liter turbo four is all but certain for this model, which really just leaves the styling up in the air. The Type R prototype that debuted in Paris is a wild thing to look at, which makes sense for the nameplate, but all that aggression left a sour taste in the mouth of many. And that’s totally okay – not everyone loves the boy racer aesthetic.

So that leaves the Si to occupy the middle ground, which should be an interesting balancing act for Honda’s designers.

Check back in November for more.

Read our full review on the 2017 Honda Civic hatchback here.

AutoMobility LA™, a merger of LA Auto Show’s Press & Trade Days and Connected Car Expo®, announced today that several auto-tech products and services, including more than 50 vehicles, will make their debut in front of media and industry professionals from November 14-17, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Among the many global unveilings by top auto manufacturers will be Alfa Romeo’s all-new SUV and Jeep’s all-new compact SUV to compete in the growing compact crossover segment. Porsche will be presenting more than one global and several North American debuts, including the new Panamera, while Nissan will take the sheets off three, including the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition.

Other confirmed debuts include the turbocharged Civic Si from Honda, the new fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery and the pocket-size smart ForTwo Electric Drive cabriolet. Mercedes-Benz will show three models for the first time in the U.S., including the AMG GT Roadster, G550 4x4 Squared and the track-ready AMG GT R.

An epicenter for advanced automotive design, Los Angeles will become a stage for several concept car unveilings. In a global debut, Acura will preview its future interior design, human-machine interface and technology direction, striving to achieve a seamless connection between man and machine. Infiniti will feature its new SUV vision, the QX Sport Inspiration, while Subaru’s global concept reveal will uncover a new line of vehicles for the brand. In addition to production and concept vehicles, both luxury and economy marques plan on bringing more hybrid, electric and alt-fuel models to their displays.

A diverse mix of established automakers, tech companies and disruptors including BMW ReachNow, Hyundai, Ridecell and whiteCryption, are planning to unveil innovations and advancements around artificial intelligence, automation, car sharing, security and more inside the show’s all-new Technology Pavilion (located on the Los Angeles Convention Center campus). Here, AutoMobility LA will also host its award-winning conference, where industry experts will discuss the hottest topics surrounding the future of transportation. More than 50 luminaries, including the CEOs of Ford, Intel, Local Motors and Next EV will make announcements and offer insights from the Roadshow by CNET stage.

"AutoMobility LA is packed with breaking news from automakers, tech leaders and startups, which is a true testament that the new auto industry isn’t coming, but rather, it’s alive and growing in L.A.," said Lisa Kaz, President and CEO of LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA. "We’re excited that in just one month, we’ll be able to see everything uncovered live from the show floor."

Following AutoMobility LA, all of this year’s vehicle debuts will be on display at the 2016 LA Auto Show (open to the public November 18-27).

AutoMobility LA is the culmination of a multi-year evolution of the LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo and its Press & Trade Days into a trade show designed exclusively for the new automotive industry. The four-day event will bring together the entire "new mobility ecosystem" comprised of automakers, tech companies, designers, developers, startups, investors, dealers, government officials, analysts, etc.

All attendees will be able to witness this year’s vehicle debuts and have access to exhibits across the venue. To register for AutoMobility LA, please visit:

For additional information on AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show please visit: and

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