Honda has released the first official details of the 2018 Accord. The sedan will ditch its renowned V6 in favour of more efficient turbocharged four-cylinder units. The new Accord will have three powertrain options – the 1.5-litre engine from the current car, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit from the 2018 Civic Type R, and a hybriddrivetrain. Honda will also introduce a new 10-speed automatic transmission in the new Accord for the first time.
Honda claims the new Accord to be fun-to-drive and stylish, with a new ground-up design. The camouflaged vehicle teased here promises to carry a more aggressive stance and better proportions than the outgoing model to complement the new powertrains, asserts the Japanese carmaker. The Hybrid will feature two next-generation two-motor hybrid systems. No power figures have been disclosed yet by Honda but are expected to be revealed with other technological details in the coming weeks.
The entry level four-pot engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission. The Type R’s turbocharged unit, on the other hand, can be had with a six-speed manual or a ‘first for a front-wheel-drive car’ 10-speed automatic developed in-house by Honda. The Hybrid will get a conventional automatic transmission.
America’s favourite Japanese sedan will be built on a new platform shared with the new Civic. The modular platform will make the new Accord slightly smaller than the outgoing model; however, the Honda will now supply the same models to different markets. Production of the new Accord will commence later this year, at Honda’s Ohio facility, with its official debut