The 10th-generation Accord is new from the ground up and features a lighter and more rigid body structure, an advanced new chassis design, two all-new high-torque direct-injected and turbocharged engines, the world’s first 10-speed automatic transmission for a front-drive car and a new generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology, along with a host of new safety, driver-assistive and connected-car technologies – all wrapped in a more sophisticated, sleek and athletic design with top class interior space and comfort.
The new Accord features a longer wheelbase, a lower overall height, a wider body, wider wheel tracks, a shortened overall length and a lower, sportier seating position. A sweeping glasshouse positioned farther back on the body completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord.
The 2018 Accord also boasts a larger, more premium and tech-savvy interior that complements its athletic and elegant exterior, delivering a level of quality and premium feel that belies Accord’s mainstream sedan status.
The new Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance by featuring three advanced new powerplants – two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The model also features a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission with the 2-litre turbo engine, the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car.
The new 1.5-litre 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo 4-cylinder produces a peak 192 horsepower at 5500rpm and 260Nm of torque from 1500 to 5000rpm, up from 185bhp and 245Nm on the existing, naturally aspirated 2.4-litre model. The new 1.5-litre turbo engine is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Accord can also be equipped with a new 2-litre 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo 4-cylinder, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox. The new powertrain, sharing much of its design with the race-bred 2017 Civic Type R, produces 252bhp at 6500rpm and 370Nm of torque from 1500 to 4000rpm, compared to 278bhp and 341Nm for the 3.5-litre V6 that it replaces.
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