Honda revealed the redesigned Accord mid-July, with new turbocharged powertrains and a sedan-only model range, ahead of the car’s going on sale this fall.
The launch of any new Accord is always a big deal, but this 10th-generation model brings some of the most significant updates the nameplate has ever seen. Key among them are two turbocharged engines – one of which replaces last year’s 3.5-litre V6 – and an optional 10-speed automatic Honda says is the first of its kind in a front-wheel drive car.
Notable is the elimination of the two-door body style: Honda was the last mainstream automaker with a two-door in the mid-size segment, but that slow-selling model is gone now, in favour of freeing up research and development resources for this new four-door.
Honda’s two-motor gas-electric hybrid powertrain is back on the docket, which will be built in North American following a temporary shift in production to Japan.
Accord’s new engines include the 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder we’ve already gotten to know in the Civic and CR-V. In the Accord, it makes 192 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque, increases of seven horsepower and 11 lb-ft compared to the 2.4-litre engine it replaces. And, going against current trends, that motor comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission that can be optioned to a continuously variable (CVT) automatic.
Even more surprising is that the available 2.0-litre turbo engine (much of which is common to the engine in the Civic Type R) can hook its 252 hp and 273 lb-ft up to the same six-speed stick, or a 10-speed automatic.
Honda doesn’t get into performance details of its latest hybrid powertrain, but does say it features a new, more compact power unit that fits under the floor instead of taking up trunk space. It also allows for a 60/40 split folding rear seat, for the first time. Honda also boasts the electric motors are the first in the world containing no rare earth metals.
All new Accord trims – LX, Sport, EX-L and Touring – will come standard with the Honda Sensing active safety suite, which includes collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and traffic sign recognition.
Also included in all trims is a multi-angle backup camera. That leaves as active safety options the LaneWatch blind spot display, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and cross traffic and driver awareness monitor.
Other notable elements of the new design include an updated eight-inch infotainment system with both volume and radio tuning knobs, replacing the much-maligned touch-sensitive volume control in the previous Accord as well as other Honda models.
Pricing, as well as more details on the hybrid models, will be revealed closer to the car’s fall 2017 launch.