The popular sedan will debut in Detroit and be livestreamed on YouTube.
Honda wants everyone to save the date for July 14, as that’s when the manufacturer will officially debut the new tenth-generation Honda Accord. The reveal is scheduled to take place in Detroit and will be livestreamed on YouTube starting at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. To whet our appetites, Honda has dropped a concept teaser photo which suggests styling similar to the current Civic, as we suspected from earlier spy photos.
Honda promises the new Accord will be the most fun-to-drive of them all, while also being the most premium and dramatically styled. There are quite a few people who’ve been critical of the Civic’s look – particularly the flamboyant Type R – but the teaser pic combined with the many spy shots captured over recent months leads us to believe the recast Accord will be handsome at the very least.
Honda previously revealed some details on the new Accord’s power options. The smooth V6 is gone, replaced by a pair of turbocharged four cylinder mills and the manufacturer’s next-generation hybrid system. Honda officials have been coy on power levels, but at a recent event in Japan we had occasion to drive a pre-production model and we’re fairly confident the V6 won’t be missed. The boosted four-pot delivers impressive off-the-line grunt with plenty of pulling power at highway speeds. Horsepower is said to be more than the outgoing V6 but less than the Civic Type R, meaning it falls somewhere between 278 and 306 ponies. We can live with that.
We can also happily live with the six-speed manual transmission, which will still be offered for the Accord. It also features Honda’s new 10-speed automatic, which seems to be an outstanding box based on our limited seat time with the prototype. A CVT will also be available.
Honda says the tenth-generation Accord is all-new from the ground up. Given the success of previous Accords, the new model has some rather large shoes to fill but from what we’ve seen so far, it should be up to the task. In a few weeks, we’ll know for sure.
2018 Honda Accord Prototype First Drive
- Live in Detroit and via Livestream on YouTube at 11:00 a.m. EDT
- Concept sketch reveals dramatic new styling direction
- America's best-selling (retail) midsize sedan gets complete remake from ground-up
Honda today released a concept sketch highlighting the aggressive stance and proportion of the all-new 2018 Honda Accord that will make its global debut in Detroit and via YouTube Livestream (honda.us/2018AccordReveal) on July 14, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The all-new Accord – the most fun-to-drive, premium and dramatically styled Accord ever – is the 10th generation of America's best-selling midsize sedan, the number one choice of individual American car buyers cumulatively since 20101.
Earlier this month, the company announced plans for a new Accord that will feature three powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains, including two new direct-injected and turbocharged engines paired with either a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission, CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission depending upon engine, as well as the next-generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. Honda will share additional details of its powertrain performance, along with the new design and technology at the event.
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 to individual buyers, 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. It was 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. Cumulative U.S. production of Accord now exceeds 11 million units over 35 years of U.S. manufacturing3.