The 9th generation of the Accord has been released in 2012 and it received a rather large update back in 2015. Even though it aged quite well, a new version is already in the works. Honda has been working on the 10th generation of the Accord for over a year at this point and so far we have seen quite a few camouflaged prototypes of the car. It seems that the 2018 Honda Accord will grow in size and it will come with a brand new design on the market. The car will also use a new platform. This will be the first time in more than a decade when the Accord will share its chassis with the Civic. The two cars are going to use Honda’s modular front wheel drive architecture which offers a lower center of gravity, better structural rigidity and less weight.
From the early spy shots it is quite clear that the wheelbase of the new Accord is significantly longer than that of its predecessor. The car also seems to be noticeably wider than before and also longer. The height is still unclear but it might be the same as that of its predecessor. Despite the increase in size, the car is expected to shed at least 100 pounds of weight.
2018 Honda Accord Price & Release date
The price is going to change a bit, and to say so for the worse. It should be expected for it to still start at more than current $23,000 while the top-tier installments will be available in mid-$30,000. It is possible for it to rose up all the way up to $40,000 but more is to be know when the car comes close to its release date. Talking about the release date of the 2018 Honda Accord it will be, at least that was the case with previous models, this fall. The sales should start before the year ends.
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Interior and Exterior
This has to be one of the largest unknown factors about the 2018 Honda Accord. Unfortunately they didn’t release much information about it. Luckily though Honda did release a couple of new models in the past year. Both of these feature a more modern design, a sleeker-looking dashboard, no dual-screen infotainment system as well as more safety equipment as standard. The Accord will likely follow the same trend but it will also offer more space than its predecessor as well as a lower driving position.
Even though the car is still months away from release, Honda has been testing camouflaged versions for a while now. The car departed from the usual three-box sedan to a fastback look which is quite impressive. The coupe-inspired look of the Accord coupled with its four doors, massive interior space and what it seems to be dramatic design will definitely make it stand out. In the front it seems to boast a tall grille, slim headlights angled towards the back as well as what seems to be a splitter. A high performance version is also expected since some of its rivals already offer one.
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2018 Accord Engine
The hybrid version might not be carried over to the 2018 Honda Accord which wouldn’t hurt its sales all that much. In its place Honda may decide to use their 1.5 liter turbo-four, an engine which is good for up to 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque in certain applications. A V6 is likely not going to happen either. Instead Honda may use their new 2.0 liter turbo-four which is good for up to 340 horsepower being one of the most powerful 2.0 liter engines on the market. The Accord will likely come with front wheel drive and a 9 speed automatic as standard. A CVT has also been rumored but this is likely going to be offered only on the lesser engine. The rumored high performance Accord would get to use a tweaked version of the 2.0 liter engine, likely the same as that in the Type R Civic. On top of that it may also receive all wheel drive in which case it would become one of the fastest cars in its class by a good margin.
One of the main reason for why all of the manufacturers change their models is of course the age, the quality, the advancement of technology but also the competition. Car makers all over the world are switching their focus on SUVs and crossovers as the cars of the future but sedans are still very popular. They are still in high demand despite the drop in popularity so ongoing Accord and the upcoming 2018 MY have a lot of competition. Just to see what sea is Accord swimming, here is a list of competitors. The list starts with Mazda 6, and it goes across Chevy Malibu, Toyota Camry, KIA Optima, Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, and it ends with Volkswagen Passat.