Honda has revealed the first few images of the all-new 2013 Accord in sedan and coupe form. As you can see, it is a bit of a downer, looking very much like current 8-generation model currently sold by Honda Malaysia. Also, we first saw the Accord concept – just in Coupe form, mind you – at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) back in January this year and thought it looked spectacular.
Described as the ‘most sculpted’ Accord ever, an immediately distinguishing feature are the LED DRLs and what appears to be more prominent bonnet lines. Honda claims that it will boast a more spacious and luxurious cabin
The overall length has been shortened with no indication whether the same goes for wheelbase. We don’t think so and here’s why – the new Civic had its wheelbase chopped as well and there is a noticeable drop in straight line stability (test drive first impressions coming soon). Honda would be wise to not sacrifice this aspect of drive quality so crucial in benchmarking a D-segment vehicle.
Two versions of the Accord were revealed and the coupe naturally looks more striking. Differences between the two seems significant: the front shows what seems to be a different bonnet, bumper and grille. The rear shows a lot of effort with different light clusters and rear bumper to contribute a sportier look.
Efforts to improve aero efficiency include flush-mounted windshield wipers and under-body work for better airflow.
Back in January during the Detroit NAIAS, the Honda Accord Coupe Concept (pictured above) reflects what the 2013 ninth-gen Honda Accord (sedan and coupe) will be powered with. If that’s the case, engine options will be:
- 4-cylinder, 2.4 litre, 16 valve DOHC i-VTEC with direct injection. It will generate 181hp and 240Nm; gearbox is either a 6-speed manual or a CVT.
- V6, 3.5 litre, 24 valve SOHC i-VTEC. Power will be improved over the current generation. Drive is forwarded via a 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto; the latter will come with it Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology.
- Plug-in hybrid with a 4-cylinder 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine with an electric-CVT box. It’s a 2-motor set-up with 3 modes: all electric; petrol-electric and direct drive. Range in full electric (city driving conditions) is claimed to be between 16 to 24 kilometres. Fully charging the 6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery will take less than 4 hours using a 120 volt outlet and less than 1.5 hours using a 240 volt charger.
The 2.4 litre engine with DI and the plug-in hybrid is at the forefront of Honda’s new Earth Dreams powertrain technology that made its debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motorshow.
The most interesting point to note of that is the plug-in hybrid. Since the Atkinson-cycle portion of the powertrain has a 2.0 litre capacity, it will conform to the current local regulation for tax exemption… now that’s a thought.
In any case, maybe some current engines (read: 2.0 litre, non hybrid) will make it to some Asian market anyway since that’s how Honda rolls in this part of the world.
What are your thoughts on the 2013 Honda Accord?