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.
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.
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.
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