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2018 Honda Accord to get VTEC Turbo engines

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Marcus De Guzman / Honda | June 12, 2017 10:49

2018 Honda Accord to debut with new turbo powertrains, design direction

Honda plans to shake up the D-segment market soon. Shortly following the announcement that the next-gen Accord will receive a major tech and design overhaul, the Japanese automaker followed up by revealing that VTEC Turbo engines are going into the all-new Accord.

Two new turbocharged engines are set to power the 2018 Accord. First up is the turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four with twin cams and dual variable cam timing which is currently seeing use in the all-new Civic and CR-V. Exact output ratings for the Accord have yet to be released but Honda did say it can be mated to either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or six-speed manual.

Turbo VTEC to power all-new 2018 Honda Accord

The other turbo motor is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with i-VTEC. Instead of a CVT, the bigger engine will be connected to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, an industry first for a front-wheel-drive passenger car according to Honda. A standard six-speed manual will also be available for the 2.0-liter turbo.

A new hybrid version will also be launched and will make use of Honda's new two-motor hybrid system. This is likely the same hybrid powertrain that the company recently revealed in the refreshed Jazz.

"With these three advanced new powertrains, the tenth-generation Accord will be the most fun-to-drive, refined and fuel-efficient Accord yet. Just as the new Honda Civic injected new energy into the compact car segment, we expect this all-new 2018 Accord will make people rethink the midsize sedan," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of America Honda Motor Co.

Turbo VTEC to power all-new 2018 Honda Accord

Apart from its new powertrain, the all-new 2018 Accord will be based on the company's new design direction. According to Honda, the next-generation D-segment sedan will have a 'lower and wider appearance that creates a more aggressive and athletic stance'. The prototype itself is still heavily camouflaged though it could get a new set of headlights reminiscent of the Civic.

When launched in the US, both the 1.5- and 2.0-liter engines will be produced at the company's Anna, Ohio engine plant. The CVT, on the other hand, will be built at Honda's Russels, Ohio factory. Finally, the 10-speed automatic will be produced at the automaker's Tallapoosa, Georgia plant.

Read our look back at nine generations of the Honda Accord.