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Honda to debut new 10th generation Accord in Detroit on Friday

Honda to debut new 10th generation Accord in Detroit on Friday”

We've been covering the arrival of the new Accord in recent months, a model that has been a consistently big-seller in the USA and North America over the years.

The 2018 Honda Accord will look to improve on the 2017 edition, in which the automaker sold 345,225 of in 2016 putting it at No. 9 on the country's top-selling cars and trucks for the year.

As for gearboxes, Honda is throwing a major bone to driving enthusiasts because a six-speed manual is available with either engine, as unpopular as it will probably be.

The new modular design from Honda is lighter and stiffer than anything previously used by the automaker for its regular fleet and should benefit the Accord's dynamic qualities considerably.

As senior editor Nelson Ireson learned while testing a prototype in Japan last month, Honda will be also touting a new optional engine and transmission for the 2018 Accord. Base models will come with a version of the Civic's 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, here uprated (from 174 hp) to 192 hp (coming in at 5,500 rpm) and 192 lb-ft of torque (from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm).

All '18 Accords will be assembled at Honda's Marysville, OH, plant, with engines and transmissions sourced in the U.S. The engines and continuously variable transmission also come from OH, and the 10-speed transmission is made in Georgia. There will be three engines available for the Accord, two of them direct-injected and turbocharged.

Honda said it plans to share details on the new Accord's powertrain, design and new technology at the unveiling Friday morning. The engine is paired with the first 10-speed automatic in a front-drive vehicle and is also available with the six-speed manual transmission on the Sport trim. This gives the impression of the traditional "longer, lower, wider" design philosophy, although the new model is actually 0.39 inches shorter overall. The new power unit with the battery pack is now under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, freeing more cargo room. The Accord 4-door's length also is lessened a bit.

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The sport-inspired steering wheel is more "intricately contoured" and has deep thumb rests.

A 2.5-in. (64-mm) increase in rear legroom is realized thanks to the longer wheelbase allowing for rear seats to be pushed back. The driver's seat has 12-way adjustment, and the front seats can be heated and cooled. A 7.0-inch screen features in the instrument cluster and is joined by an 8.0 touchscreen in the center stack for infotainment. Naturally, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are baked right in for maximum convenience.

The next generation of HondaLink telematics offers services such as emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen-vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, and geofencing. (260 Nm) of torque from 1,500-5,000 rpm, and a 2.0L DOHC DI turbo, closely related to the mill in the new Civic Type R, churning out 252 hp at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb. -ft.

Honda Sensing technology-a suite of safety systems-is standard on all models and, importantly, on all trim levels, including base models. (370 Nm) of torque from 1,500-4,000 rpm.

The Hybrid's powertrain is also all new, but more evolutionary than revolutionary. This will include a collision mitigation braking system, a lane departure warning, an adaptive cruise control program and other features.

Pricing and specific trim equipment information will be available closer to launch this fall, but expect the 2018 Honda Accord to hit dealers this quarter.



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