We have captured what we believe is the 2018 Honda Accord undergoing testing although under heavy camouflage. Due to the heavy camouflage, it was difficult to discern many of its exterior design aspects. However, from the photos of the prototype, it is clear that Honda has made a number of changes to the 2018 model. From some angles, the model resembles the 10th-generation Honda Civic. This is so because according to the automaker, the Civic and the Accord will share the same platform. Form the prototype, the model looks more enticing than the current version courtesy of the new design language that the automaker says will spread to other models in future. Read along for more information on the 2018 Honda Accord.
2018 Honda Accord Exterior
The new Honda Accord will have a different exterior look compared to the current model. The Accord will have a sleeker, sporty look. The sleek profile is highlighted by the model’s arching roofline that merges well with its sloping rear windows. At the front, the model features a corporate looking grille whose design is adopted from the Ridgeline and Pilot models. The Accord we saw testing was heavily camouflaged so we cannot tell out much of its design. However, I understand the body is made of aluminum with an aim to reduce weight to improve fuel economy.
In addition, I expect Honda to revise the model’s grille as well as update the LED lighting system. The front bumper will also likely be revised. On the sides, the prototype looks to be riding on larger wheels that look like 18 inches. The rear fascia will likely remain unchanged. More information will be available when the model gets closer to its on sale date.
2018 Honda Accord Interior
Just like the exterior, due to the heavy camuflage we cannot tell what the cabin of the 2018 Honda Accord looks like. According to rumors, the interior design will be based on that of the Civic. The Honda Accord will accommodate five passengers. All seats will be power adjustable. Front seats will be heated and ventilated. Leather will be the standard upholstery material. The model will also feature a large screen for the infotainment system.
Other likely features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone air-conditioning system, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot, among others. The model will also feature a host of safety assist systems such as parking assist, blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, front collision warning among others.
Engine and performance
The Honda Accord 2018 will be offered in a number of engines. The base unit will be a turbocharged 1.5 L, 4-cylinder engine that produces 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. For more power, Honda will offer a turbocharged 2.0 L, mill in place of the current 3.5 L, V-6. The new mill output is not yet known but it will most likely exceed the 3.5 L, V-6 engine’s 278 hp output.
Honda will also offer a hybrid mill. This mill will combine a 2.0 L, Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine with a 135kW electric motor. The system will produce 212 hp. This mill will have a fuel economy of around 49 mpg and 47 mpg on city and highway drives respectively. All engines will be paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission that channels power to the front wheels.
Price and release date
The model is still in its early development stages; as such, it is too early to talk about its price. However, I think a starting price of around $23,500 is a good guess. Honda will likely deliver the model to dealerships in the second half of 2017.
The 2018 Honda Accord competes with models like Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu, Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion.