Two years after a ground-up rethink of the Civic, it’s time for big brother Accord to get the same. Details (including how it will look) are scarce, but Honda promises it will be the most stylish and fun-to-drive mid-sizer they’ve ever made; utilizing stance and proportion for an aggressive look. What we do know for sure is what will provide the pull.
Not surprisingly, the new base engine will be the same one found in the CR-V, a 1.5L direct-injected turbocharged unit. Though Honda didn’t state power figures, this engine makes 190 hp and 179 lb-ft of torque in the crossover and we expect those numbers to stay the same for Accord. It will be mated to either a CVT or six-speed manual transmission.
Also not a surprise, an all-new two-motor hybrid system will be available.
What is surprising is the news that Honda is dropping the V6 engine for the 2018 Accord. However, though that may sound like bad news, it is being replaced by a 2.0L turbocharged i-VTEC engine. If that powerplant sounds familiar, that is because it is based on the same one found in the new Civic Type-R. It will be de-tuned for the Accord’s application, but will we expect it to have similar power figures to the outgoing V6. It will be paired with either a 10-speed automatic (the first such application in a front-wheel drive car) or a six-speed manual transmission.