Honda has released the first pictures of the 2013 Accord, ahead of its launch this fall.

Sporting evolutionary styling, the model has a "sophisticated exterior designed to stand the test of time." Starting up front, there's a new grille which is flanked by slimmer headlights. The sedan also features additional chrome trim, while the coupe is distinguished by unique bumpers and revised lighting units.

Interior pictures were not released, but the Accord will be offered with the new HondaLink infotainment system. It tethers to a smartphone to access internet-based radio stations, podcasts and Facebook / Twitter posts.

Under the hood, three engines will be available:

  • A 2.4-liter Earth Dreams four-cylinder with approximately 181 hp (135 kW / 184 PS) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque.
  • A 3.5-liter V6 with approximately 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS) and 265 lb-ft (359 Nm) of torque.

There will also be a plug-in hybrid variant which has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine, a 161 hp (120 kW / 163 PS) electric motor, a 6 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric continuously variable transmission (E-CVT). This will enable the model to travel 10-15 miles (16-24 km) on electricity alone at speeds up to 62 mph (100 km/h). When the battery is depleted, it can be fully recharged in less than four hours using a 120V outlet or less than 1.5 hours using a 240V outlet.

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