The 2018 Honda Accord was unveiled in its tenth-generation iteration. The new Accord debuts with a new powertrain lineup, which drops the V6 for a new turbocharged four-cylinders, new hybrid system, and new chassis.
The debut today in the U.S reveals a stylish and sportier Accord which is lighter, more efficient, roomier and quicker than its predecessor.
The new-generation Honda Accord ditches the V6 for the familiar 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder serves as the base powertrain, displacing the outgoing 2.4-litre four-cylinder. The mill churns out 189bhp and 370Nm of torque.
For those looking for more power, there is the 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder which does its duties on the Civic Type R but tuned to offer lesser output. The unit produces 249bhp and 370Nm of torque.
The 2.0-litre motor comes paired to an all-new 10-speed automatic torque converter which sends power to the front wheels. Also, on offer is a 6-speed manual for the 1.5-litre Sport trim apart from the CVT gearbox on the Accord.
The 2018 Honda Accord hybrid is on offer as well with the 2-litre Atkinson cycle engine paired with electric motors. But the sales are yet to be confirmed by Honda.
Additionally, the 2018 Accord will come with two driving modes - Normal and Sport, with the Sport mode stiffening the power steering, gearbox calibration, throttle map and more.
Safety for the new Accord comes from features such as Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Sport Monitoring with Cross Traffic and Driver Awareness Monitors.
The 2018 Honda Accord's wheelbase has grown by 50mm and is also 10mm wider than the outgoing model. Honda designers' approach was to design the new Accord with a low and wide body, wide visibility, and sporty seating position. The length was lowered, and the roofline shorter by 15mm, revealing a faster roofline.
Up front, the new Accord is influenced by the new-generation Civic sedan. The large single-frame grille now integrates to the bumper, and the full Honda wing chrome bookmarks the LED headlights and fog lights. The coupe roofline blends seamlessly to the boot.
The new Accord utilises high-strength steel in more than half of the structure, and extensive structural adhesives are used to bond the structure. The materials have improved the sedan's rigidity, crash strength, and reduction of the total vehicle weight between 50 and 80 kg.
Inside the cabin, there is a new soft-touch instrument panel, as well as a new steering wheel with thumb rests and paddle shifters. The driver's seat has a 12-way adjustment, and the front seats can be heated and cooled.
There is also a new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that retains buttons for volume and tuning. The system can connect to Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto and several apps to choose. The Touring trims have a new 6.0-inch head-up display.
Honda will produce the 2018 Accord at the Marysville, Ohio plant in the US, while the motors will be built at the Anna, Ohia plant. For India, there is still a long way ahead, and we don't expect the 2018 Honda Accord will make its way to the Indian roads before the end of 2017.
The 2018 Honda Accord is straightforward and practical. Despite losing the V6 and the coupe variant, the new Accord is technologically advanced, efficient and looks stunning.