Honda Accord undergoes radical redesign for 2018
The 2018 Honda Accord is shown in this handout photo. (Honda / AFP)
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 10:17AM EDT
Honda might have discontinued the Accord in some markets over the last year or two, but it's still a big success in other places such as the United States where it's currently the biggest-selling model in the midsize sedan segment of the market.
It's therefore a pretty big deal when such a successful model undergoes a major restyle, and Honda has probably gone a little further with its recently unveiled 2018 Accord than some commentators may have expected.
The all-new tenth-generation Honda Accord was recently revealed at an event in Detroit, the spiritual home of the U.S. auto industry. It goes on sale in the autumn, and the 2018 Accord is more stylish, more premium and sportier than this illustrious nameplate has ever been in the past. Honda is well aware of the older demographic it's normally associated with, and the company is now going out of its way to appeal to a wider audience. The HR-V and the latest Civic were the start, and this new Accord appears to be a really big play to appeal to a more youthful audience.
This isn't just a cosmetic exercise though, as this tenth-generation model is all-new from the ground up and employs a lighter and more rigid body structure, an advanced new chassis, a pair of new high-torque direct-injected and turbocharged engines, and a 10-speed automatic transmission that's a first for a front-drive car. There will also be a new generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid technology and plenty of new safety, driver-assistive and connected-car technologies.
The first of the new engines is a 1.5-liter direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control, which develops 192 horsepower and 192 lb.-ft. of torque. The more powerful option will be a 2.0-liter turbo sharing a lot of its design with the 2017 Civic Type R, which in the Accord will produce 252 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque and replaces the current 3.5-liter V-6.
Accords with the 1.5-liter engine will be available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring trims, while the 2.0-liter model will come in Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring variants. And for those wanting a more eco-friendly and fuel-efficient Accord, the new 2018 Accord Hybrid will be available in Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring trims. Prices for the new Accord will be revealed at a later date.