The current Accord has been released back in 2012 and it received a major update not that long ago. Despite that the car’s sales numbers are declining but not because the reasons you would expect. Instead car sales in general are declining due to the fact crossovers are currently on a roll. While some manufacturers decided to discontinue most of their sedans altogether, Honda decided otherwise. Not that long ago the brand new 2018 Honda Accord has been spied testing and the car looks to be considerably more impressive than some thought. So far most versions of the Accord were quite similar to the ones before them. However, this will change because Honda needs to do something more substantial in order to allow their Accord to succeed.
10-speed automatic transmission
2.0-liter turbo engine
Sport Special Edition mode
A new platform
The first move for getting the Accord on the path of success was actually building the car on a new platform. For the first time in a while the Accord will share its chassis with that of the Civic. This comes with quite a few advantages and not many drawbacks. For starters, the car will benefit from a lower center of gravity, less weight, a much stiffer chassis than before as well as a more capable suspension setup.
The only real drawback would be the downsized engines but more on that a bit later. The car is likely going to receive a fully independent suspension setup offering not only plenty of control over the way it drives but also a good amount of comfort. The NVH levels will be improved by a good margin as well making the Accord considerably better value for money than before.
It looks like the 2018 Honda Accord will depart from the dull design of its predecessor for something all new
2018 Honda Accord Exterior
The car hasn’t been officially revealed just yet but its prototype has been seen numerous times so far. It looks like the 2018 Honda Accord will depart from the dull design of its predecessor for something all new. For starters, the camouflaged model had a roof-line quite similar to that of a coupe. The car was also noticeably wider than its predecessor and it also had a much lower hood.
The slim headlights, considerably larger grille as well as aggressive touches on the front bumper make the new Accord seem like a completely different car. The wheelbase hasn’t been confirmed but it also seems noticeably longer which could mean more interior space despite having a lower roof-line. From most spy-shots it seems the car could be a hatchback but this hasn’t been confirmed so far.
News 2018 Accord
New engine – a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four
10-speed torque-converter automatic transmission for the new engine
1.5 and 2.0 turbo engines with a six-speed manual transmission
The Accord’s 2-liter turbo is the same as in the Civic Type R,
10-speed automatic transmission will be assembled in Georgia
Even though it hasn’t been released, it is safe to say the car will get a very similar design to that found on the Civic. Expect a much cleaner-looking dashboard design with considerably less buttons than before. This time around Honda is also going to use a single-screen infotainment system which will replace the dual-screen one on its predecessor. This should improve the user experience considerably thanks to a much better interface and more powerful hardware.
The materials are set to improve as well and it seems a digital instrument cluster might be used across the range. As we said, the passengers will sit lower in the car, so there will be more available space in the front and at the back. While the trunk won’t be much bigger than before, the car could be much more usable. This would be possible thanks to the rumored hatch-door which will provide a much larger opening for the trunk.
Instead of the usual Honda V6, the Accord is set to receive Honda’s new 2.0 liter turbo-four
Engine and Specs 2018 Honda Accord
Instead of the older 2.4 liter inline 4 engine, the new 2018 Honda Accord is expected to receive a much smaller 1.5 liter turbo-four powertrain. This would be the same engine that can be currently found on the CR-V where it makes 190 horsepower. The one under the hood of the Accord is likely going to make more with some expecting right around 200 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque.
|2018 Honda Accord|
|Engine type||2.0 liter turbo-four|
|Power/torque||300 hp and 300 lb-ft|
|Transmission||6 or 10 -speed automatic|
|0-60 mph||8,5 sec|
|Top speed||105 mph|
|PRICE: $23,000 – $36,000|
|Competitors: Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima|
A more powerful version of the car is also expected. However, instead of the usual Honda V6, the Accord is set to receive Honda’s new 2.0 liter turbo-four. This engine can be found on the Type R Civic and it is known to make in excess of 300 horsepower and close to 300 lb-ft of torque. A 6 speed manual is expected on the base model while most other versions of the car are likely going to receive a 10 speed automatic.