Honda U.S.A. has previewed the 2018 Accord, ahead of its official launch in the fourth quarter of the year.
The 10th-generation Honda 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.
The new Accord features a longer wheelbase (+2.16 inches), a lower overall height (-0.59 inch) and wider (+0.39 inch) body, wider wheel tracks (+0.20 in. front, +0.79 in. rear), a shortened overall length (-0.39 inch) and lower, sportier seating position (-1.0 inch front and -0.79 inch back). A sweeping greenhouse positioned farther back on the body completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord.
Overall, the new Accord’s greenhouse also angles in more dramatically from the window sills to the roof, further emphasizing the wide lower body, while inside the cabin the seats have been moved slightly inward that contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing occupants’ freedom of movement. Also, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord almost 2 extra inches of rear leg room to offer one of the most spacious rear seating areas in its class. Overall passenger volume is increased by 2.5 cubic feet to 105.7 (based on LX). Trunk space has also been increased by nearly one cubic foot on the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engine powered Accords and by 3.2 cubic feet on the Accord Hybrid to a top level 16.7 cubic feet.
At the front, the bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda’s signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiseled hood features a distinctive and aggressive raised center, and the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body.
Further, a new laser brazing process that joins the dramatically arching roof to the body side panels creates a clean appearance with no garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and cleanly integrated dual exhaust ports. Overall aerodynamic efficiency is improved by approximately 3 percent.
Interior-wise, the 2018 Accord also boasts a larger, more premium and tech savvy interior that compliments its athletic and elegant body design, delivering a level of quality and premium feel that belies Accord’s mainstream sedan status. Highlights include a panoramic forward view, new soft-touch instrument panel, a more intricately contoured sport inspired steering with deep-set thumb rests and available paddle shifters and plenty of intricate dashboard and panel refinements.
Seats comprise of ample bolstering and padding, along with padded armrests. The driver’s seat now has available 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, and passenger comfort is further enhanced by available new heated and ventilated front seats and by improved available rear seat heating with both seat bottom and seat back heating elements.
To highlight the cabin even further, the package consists of an all-new HMI that includes an ultra-slim 7-inch TFT and a new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface, next-generation of HondaLink telematics, 6-inch driver’s Head Up Display, USB charging ports, 4-speaker audio system/8-speaker/10-speaker/450w (depending on variants), and new or improved connected-car technologies.
The 2018 Honda Accord is offered in three powerplants: two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. Transmission features a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) with the 2.0-liter turbo engine, the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car, and an available 6-speed manual transmission or CVT for both turbocharged engines. The two direct-injected and turbocharged engines are the 1.5-liter, 16-valve DOHC (192 hp, 192 lb-ft.) and 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC (252 hp and 273 lb.-ft.).
The new hybrid powertrain will utilize a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine with greater than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine, paired with Honda-developed electric motors that are the first drive motors in the world to use magnets containing no heavy rare-earth metals. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission. Additionally, a new, more compact intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack and its control systems, is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, preserving both cargo space and the flexibility of a 60/40-split and folding rear seat, standard on all models and trims.
For 2018, all Accords will feature the full suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment. Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, advanced front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags and new driver and front-passenger knee airbags.
In all, there will be 15 trim levels available for the base Accord variant, all the way up to the Accord Hybrid variant.