LATEST NEW CAR INFORMATION AND EXPORT NEWS
- Nicolas Popov
wrote:2018 Honda AccordA completely redesigned 2018 Honda Accord goes on sale this fall, the 10th generation of the popular sedan. A coupe version will not be available this time, the company said.
The upcoming Accord sedan rides on a longer wheelbase than before, for increased roominess in the back seats and a larger trunk. Lower and wider than before, it’s a sleek, attractive vehicle.
Several drivetrains will be available, and Honda promises improved fuel economy and increased performance at the same time. A hybrid version will be available that will look very similar to the other models, available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim.
A turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder will be most popular, rated at 192 hp and generating 192 foot-pounds of torque. It comes with a continuously variable transmission, though a 6-speed manual is available for the Accord Sport.
An optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine rated at 252 horsepower and 273 foot-pounds of torque will be available with a 10-speed automatic. The Accord Sport with this engine and the 6-speed manual gearbox is expected to be the sportiest Accord.
The Accord Hybrid combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors.
The Accord has been lightened and strengthened through the use of more expensive high-strength steel. All things being equal, a more rigid chassis usually allows more precise suspension tuning, all of which results in improved ride quality and sharper handling. An active suspension system will adjust damping according to road conditions. A sport mode will sharpen throttle response, transmission shifting, and the electric power steering. More sound deadening along with active noise cancellation should result in a quieter cabin.
The audio system will come with volume and tuning knobs, a welcome change from the sliders used previously that are hard to operate precisely while driving. A 450-watt system with 10 speakers will be available. Wi-Fi 4G LTE will allow the Accord to be a hotspot.
Rearview cameras will be deployed across multiple angles and will display their images on an eight-inch screen on the center stack. A head-up display will be available that projects navigation data onto the windscreen.
Pricing is expected to be similar to the outgoing version.