The ninth generation of Honda’s popular Accord mid-size saloon was launched in 2012, which means an all-new version should arrive sometime next year. And the Japanese carmaker has already started testing its next-gen model. Caught hot-weather testing in the US, the Accord seems to have borrowed styling cues from the smaller Civic, which in its latest iteration has impressed us in almost every aspect. Despite camouflaging, you can see the sleek profile with sloping, fastback rear, which is a big change from the current model’s conventional three-box shape.

The new Accord will be built on a larger version of the Civic’s platform, which will also underpin the next-generation CR-V crossover SUV, as Honda is going the modular platform way to increase profitability. And since the current Civic has grown in every dimension compared to its predecessor, expect the Accord to follow suit. The modular structure is also lighter and stiffer than the older platforms, which will have a positive bearing on the car’s dynamic capabilities, too.

We don’t foresee any change in the powertrain department in base trim, which will likely be a naturally aspirated four-cylinder mated to a CVT. However, there is a distinct possibility the top-spec model’s V6 will be replaced by a turbocharged four-pot, as is the trend nowadays. We’ll keep you posted as we get more spyshots and further details over the coming months.