The Honda Accord has been one of the world’s most popular D-segment saloons. It’s especially been a huge success in the American market, with more than 13 million sold there since its launch in 1976. But with a new crop of rivals pushing the envelope with turbocharged engines and improved dynamics, the current ninth generation Accord has started appearing jaded and underwhelming. But the Japanese carmaker wants to change all that. And in a big way.
Honda has announced a slew of changes for the tenth generation Accord that will be launched later this year. Apart from a complete redesign, the mid-size saloon will also gain a range of new powertrains and transmissions. Of the three engine options available, two will be turbocharged four-pots. The smaller 1.5-litre turbo mill will be mated to either a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual, while the 2.0-litre turbo engine will be paired with a 10-speed automatic. This variant can also be specced with a six-speed manual. “With these three advanced new powertrains, the tenth-generation Accord will be the most fun-to-drive, refined and fuel-efficient Accord yet,” says Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of America, Honda Motor Co. “Just as the new Honda Civic injected new energy into the compact car segment, we expect this all-new 2018 Accord will make people rethink the midsize sedan,” he adds.
On the design front, Honda says the new Accord will have a lower and wider appearance resulting in a more aggressive and athletic stance. We expect more details to be released in the coming months ahead of the new model’s launch later this year.