This isn’t the first we see a prototype of the tenth generation Honda Accord, but the spy shots certainly provide something we haven’t know until now. The best-selling mid-size sedan appears to feature a totally new and sexier exterior design. Yes, the testing model is still completely camouflaged, but it’s pretty obvious the influence of the new generation Civic. And no, we are not saying that the 2018 Honda Accord would look exactly like the Civic, yet the rooflines are identical. Plus, these two will share the grille and headlights design.
Civic’s styling cues, larger footprint
In case you thought that these two won’t have anything else in common, we have to disappoint you because the new Civic and the upcoming Accord will share the same underpinning. The new modular architecture will make the mid-size sedan lighter and more rigid without any doubt. Moreover, it will also significantly boost Accord’s dynamic qualities, which is basically the biggest lack of today’s model.
The prototype of the 2018 Honda Accord suggests that there will be more room inside. No, we haven’t seen the interior (at least not everything), but the new and bigger footprint will make some additional room inside. The guys from Motorauthority.com managed to catch a glimpse of the interior and guess what? It’s Civic-inspired as well.
There will be no V6
Since the new-generation Civic and CR-V use a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder we are almost sure that the manufacturer won’t skip the chance to offer it under the hood of the 2018 Accord. Moreover, the base model will definitely use this small yet powerful engine, which is capable of delivering up to 200 horsepower. On the other hand, we are not so sure what will happen with the V6 engine. As far as we know, the iconic mid-size sedan might come completely without that option. Instead, the more potent model might use the Type R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which will produce about 280 horsepower. The mid-size sedan will likely keep the manual transmission available, but most of the trims will come paired with the smooth CVT.
Of course, the carmaker will continue to offer a hybrid powertrain as well. Still, we are pretty sure that there won’t be any changes at all. At least not right away.
The new-generation Honda Accord will face pretty stiff competition as always, but we are sure it’s going to stay one of the best-selling cars. After all, would you rather choose Honda’s new mid-size sedan or any other sedan from the class (Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry)?
Arrival and price
In any case, the 2018 Accord sedan will make its official debut this fall, likely at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show. It will be offered shortly after that, so we should see it in the dealerships either late this year of in early 2018. The price may rise just a little bit, which means that the base model should cost around $24,000.