New turbo engines and a 10-speed automatic headline the powertrain offerings for Honda's tenth-generation Accord.
The tenth-generation Honda Accord is coming later this year. When it arrives, Honda says the 2018 Accord will have a trio of new and updated powertrains, including two turbocharged gas engines and the next generation of the company’s two-motor hybrid system.
On the base end, Honda will offer a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine – presumably a version of the one used in the Civic and CR-V. Output numbers aren’t confirmed just yet, but Honda does say the engine will be available with both a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. A higher-output, 2.0-liter turbo-four will also be on offer, paired with a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission. Honda is proud to say the 2018 Accord will represent the first application of a 10-speed automatic in a front-wheel-drive car, though, honestly, we’re more stoked that six-speed manual is sticking around. Both of the turbo motors are built at Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio.
Details on the Accord Hybrid are slim, the automaker only confirming the new version “will be powered by the next generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid technology.”
Honda says the new Accord will have “a new-from-the-ground-up design” with a more aggressive design. The 2018 model will “have a dramatically lower and wider appearance” than before.
We’ll have more details in the coming weeks, ahead of the 2018 Accord’s launch this fall. For now, click through the gallery below for a few more images of Honda’s tenth-generation Accord powertrain lineup.
Gallery: 2018 Honda Accord Powertrains
All-New 10th Generation Honda Accord Launching This Year with Advanced New Powertrain Lineup
- Two high-performance, high-efficiency turbocharged engines
- First-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for a front-wheel drive car
- Available 6-speed manual transmission for both turbo engines
- Next-generation Honda two-motor hybrid powertrain technology
- New, more aggressive design direction complements powertrain lineup
Honda will launch the most stylish and fun-to-drive Accord ever later this year. The all-new, completely redesigned and reengineered 2018 Honda Accord is the tenth generation of America's best-selling midsize sedan, the number one choice of individual American car buyers since 20101. A new-from-the-ground-up design that features a more aggressive stance and proportion than any previous Accord complements the lineup of advanced new powertrains.
The three powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains in the 2018 Accord will include two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission and a sporty 6-speed manual transmission that will be available on both turbo engines, as well as the next-generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The new Accord design will have a dramatically lower and wider appearance that creates a more aggressive and athletic stance. Additional details on the all-new 2018 Accord design, technology and performance will be released in the weeks ahead.
"With these three advanced new powertrains, the tenth-generation Accord will be the most fun-to-drive, refined and fuel-efficient Accord yet,"said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of America Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Just as the new Honda Civic injected new energy into the compact car segment, we expect this all-new 2018 Accord will make people rethink the midsize sedan."
The 2018 Accord will feature two available high-torque, high-efficiency turbocharged powerplants, a 1.5-liter direct-injected DOHC Turbo with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC), mated to either a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual transmission; and a 2.0-liter direct-injected DOHC Turbo with i-VTEC® valvetrain, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission – the industry's first 10AT for a front-wheel-drive passenger car – or a 6-speed manual. An all-new, even more refined Accord Hybrid will be powered by the next-generation of Honda's innovative two-motor hybrid technology, which uniquely operates without the use of a conventional automatic transmission.
A perennial best-seller with American car buyers, the Accord has been the U.S. retail sales leader in the midsize sedan segment for four straight years (2013-2016). For the first five months of 2017, based on retail sales data, Accord is the top selling midsize sedan in America and the second best-selling passenger car overall, surpassed only by the new Honda Civic2. Accord also is an unprecedented 31-time recipient of Car and Driver magazine's coveted 10Best award.
Since its launch in 1976, American car buyers have purchased more than 13 million Accords. Accord is the first vehicle from a Japanese automaker to be made in America and has been in continuous production at Honda's Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1982, with cumulative U.S. production exceeding 11 million units over 35 years of U.S. manufacturing3.
The new 2018 Accord's 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo engines will be produced at Honda's Anna, Ohio engine plant. The Accord's CVT transmission will be manufactured at the company's Russells Point, Ohio plant, and its new 10-speed automatic transmission will be produced in the company's Tallapoosa, Georgia plant. Honda recently announced a $149 million investment in the Russells Point and Tallapoosa plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT and its components in America. Additional investments related to manufacturing of the new Accord will be announced closer to its fall 2017 launch.