First designed back in 2010 and released in 2012, the current generation of the Accord has been on the market for quite some time and in order to give it a small boost, last year Honda released the updated 2016 model year which does come with quite a few features over the previous model. While this model will certainly be able to keep the Accord one of the better buys in its class for a few more years, the future 2018 Honda Accord is expected to be an entirely new model based on an all-new chassis.
RELEASE DATE OF HONDA ACCORD 2018
This should make use of Honda’s modular platform which debuted first on the new Civic a few months ago. Even though this might seem like an odd move, especially for a car like the Accord, the new platform should be lighter, more rigid and also quite a bit easier to work on. Unlike the Civic which is a small hatchback, the Accord is a quite a bit larger sedan so it will very likely feature a longer wheelbase, a wider track as well as it should be slightly heavier than the Civic.
In comparison, though, the car should be lighter than the current model with up to a few hundred pounds which will allow Honda to offer smaller and more efficient engines than before. The car should be first revealed by the end of 2017 but it will likely not hit the market until the mid of 2018.
2018 HONDA ACCORD ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
As we said, smaller and more efficient engines are already a given on any modern car and the 2018 Honda Accord should follow closely this trend. The current car is available with a hybrid and two naturally aspirated petrol engines in 2.4 and 3.5-liter displacements. These two are among the more efficient out there but none of them is real all that great. The hybrid might be carried over unchanged on the new generation of the car but the two larger engines are definitely going to be changed.
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In their place Honda is likely going to install their new generation engines, a 1.5 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol unit which first debuted on the Civic. This should be able to provide close to 180 horsepower and more than 200 lb-ft of torque which would be very close to the older 2.4-liter engine while using a lot less fuel, especially when combined with a CVT gearbox. The older 3.5 liter V6, on the other hand, should be replaced by their new 2 liters turbocharged mill, the engine that should be able to offer an output close to 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, basically making the dull Accord one of the most powerful cars in its class.
At this point in time, there is still no word on how the 2018 Honda Accord is going to look or on what design scheme they are going to pursue but considering how Honda’s latest model turned out we expect the upcoming Accord to be a stunning looking car. The clean lines will be kept but the car should receive a lot more character with the help of a more aggressively styled front end, a more stylish rear end and likely a wider and lower look which will make it seem like a bigger car.
Also, considering how the interior of the Civic turned out, the new Honda Accord 2018 will definitely become one of the best cars to be in. New materials are going to be used across the board from better leather for the upholstery all the way up to aluminum, real wood, soft touch materials and high-quality plastics for the dashboard. The new platform should also allow Honda to offer more space inside the cabin, both for the passengers and for their luggage.