A month after its preview, the 2018 Honda Accord goes official. Now on its tenth generation, Honda's D-segment stalwart gets a dramatic redesign, following the shape of the Civic. It also gets a pair of new engines, as well as upgraded technology packages
The all-new Accord now follows Honda's current design language. At the front is a bold interpretation of the 'Solid Wing Face' fascia. It is then flanked by slim and sleek LED headlights. At the lower half of the front end, we see an aggressive treatment to the front bumper which is flanked by uniquely shaped foglight housings.
Turning to its side, it gets a coupe-like roofline, similar to the Civic. For the first time time ever on an Accord, this new model adds a rear quarter window. Two bold character lines define the side of the Accord, one near the windows and the other, near the bottom of the doors. At the rear is a wider version of Honda's C-shaped tail lights while the sloping trunklid boasts an integrated rear spoiler.
Inside, the 2018 Accord gets a wide wraparound dashboard with a floating infotainment screen at the center. Also seen is a three-spoke, sport inspired steering wheel with deep-set thumb rests, which can be specified with paddle shifters. Another significant change to the interior is the gear selector which is now a push-button system, much like the Legend.
From the driver's point of view, there is a seven-inch TFT multi-information display while the new eight-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface now comes with both volume and tuning dials. For higher trim levels, standard is a six-inch driver's Head Up Display with selectable information, including speed, engine rpm, turn-by-turn navigation, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are standard, as well as two USB charging points.
With the all-new chassis, Honda claims that the tenth-generation Accord is lighter than the current model. The automaker says that their all-new sedan is at least 50 kilograms lighter than the model it will soon replace. They add that the weight savings can go up to 78 kilograms, depending in the variant selected. Also, this generation ushers in adaptive suspension, a first for the Accord.
For the US and Canadian markets at least, Honda waves goodbye to naturally aspirated engines. Taking their place are a pair to turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The first engine is the familiar 1.5-liter i-VTEC which currently powers the Civic RS. Significantly uprated for the Accord, the base engine produces 192 PS and 260 Nm of torque.
Replacing the 3.5-liter V6 is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo derived from the Civic Type R. While it won't get the 305 PS figure of the hot hatch, it still produces a healthy 252 PS and 370 Nm of torque. At the other end of the spectrum is a hybrid model. Honda has yet to release full details on this particular powertrain but they did say it will use an Atkinson Cycle 2.0-liter engine with a dual-motor hybrid system.
1.5-liter variants can be specified with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual. Move up to the 2.0 and it gets upgraded to a ten-speed automatic transmission. Both non-hybrid variants can also be equipped with a six-speed manual while the hybrid sticks to a CVT.
In the US, deliveries for that all-new Accord starts by late 2017. Launch dates for the ASEAN markets have yet to be announced.