The 10th-generation Honda Accord has teased and detailed ahead of its debut in the US later this year.
Honda says the new Accord will have a “more aggressive design direction [that] complements [the] powertrain lineup”, and spy photos indicate the next-generation model will feature a fastback-style rear.
Under the bonnet, at least for the US market, the Accord will be available exclusively with turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Stateside, the entry-level engine will be a 1.5-litre turbo with direct injection, double overhead cams (DOHC), and dual variable cam timing.
The 1.5-litre engine replaces the naturally aspirated 138kW/245Nm 2.4-litre four-pot, and will be fitted with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.
Honda has yet to announce engine output or performance figures for the Accord’s 1.5-litre. In the North America-only Civic Si, the 1.5-litre mill generates 153kW of power and 260Nm of torque. For lesser Civic models, the engine is tuned to deliver 127kW/220Nm, and in the latest CR-V the motor delivers 140kW/240Nm.
Replacing the 206kW/342Nm 3.5-litre V6, at least in the US, is a detuned version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder (above) used in the Civic Type R.
Again, Honda isn’t saying how much power the Accord’s 2.0-litre turbo will produce, but for the sake of fuel economy, day-to-day drivability, and the ability to sip regular unleaded fuel, the engine’s numbers should be down from the Type R’s 235kW/400Nm.
The V6 replacement engine can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic, which Honda claims is the first of its type for a front-wheel drive vehicle.
Also available in the North American 10th-generation Accord will be an updated two-motor hybrid drivetrain. In the current Accord Hybrid, the setup generates a total of 158kW of power from a 107kW/175Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 135kW/315Nm electric motor.
The 10th-generation Accord will be launched in 2017 during the northern autumn.