The reigning generation of Honda’s Accord started production back in 2012. It is currently one of the world’s, and Honda’s of course, most selling mid-size sedans. Despite having it’s mid-cycle face-lift in 2016 Honda is planning a complete redesign by the end of the next year. Currently, in its ninth generation, Honda’s chiefs have decided that the time is right for their beloved model to enter its tenth generation . Being around for some time now the current model is getting outdated so with 2018 Honda Accord Japanese manufacturer will try to continue the tradition of quality and performance. Together with this, they will also try to keep the selling number, or even improve them, in aim for this model to become a global bestseller.
2018 Honda Accord Platform and Design
Similar to what other car manufacturers are doing (mainly Volkswagen) Honda is planning on transferring most of its model on a single platform. In accordance with this plan, 2018 Honda Accord will probably ride on a platform which will debut on new CR-V. Oher possibility which is even more likely is that new Accord will share its platform with the European version of Civic Type R.
Exterior-wise there isn’t much to say because the spotted mules of the latest generation of Accord were heavy camouflaged. Despite this, we managed to draw a couple of conclusions. First of all similarity with the latest Civic installment is more than obvious. The difference lies in boxier appearance in general and more skewed front end. Thanks to this both front grill and headlights are more square-like than they were before. From first spy photos, we can also conclude that 2018 Honda Accord will feature LED lights technology. To continue its comparison with Civic the new model will have similar roofline and uncharacteristically short trunk.
Interior is the part of the car that we are most unfamiliar with. Spy photos gave a glimpse at the interior but not much can be concluded from them. Dashboard shape can’t be seen but it features more buttons than on the previous installment which brought us the conclusion that new Accord will feature next-gen infotainment system. Center display will be bigger than it’s on the current model and it will feature touchscreen technology. Apple Car Play and Android Auto will most likely come as standard features.
Engine and Transmission @ 2018 Honda Accord
Same as the current models the 2018 Honda Accord will be offered with 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engines. What remains unknown is whether will V-6 options find its way on the latest generation of Accord. Rumors are saying that these engines that are being used on higher trims of Accord could lose its place to 2.0-liter turbocharged ones that are being used on the European version of Civic Type R. This seems like a real possibility considering that all of the Honda’s competition have completely transferred to four-cylinder powertrains. As of yet, there is no word of hybrid or fully electric Accord.
New Honda Accord Price and Release date
If we take into account that 2018 Honda Accord is going to ride on a new platform, with a significant increase in size and with a completely improved technology we can be sure that price will grow compared to current model. With starting price for the current model being in the region of $23,000 we can expect at least $2,000 more needed for the base model of 2018 Accord. The new model shouldn’t be expected before the end of the next year. If you are looking a clue for when it might be shown to the world, this year could point to that. The European version of Civic Type R was presented at the Paris Motor Show while the US version was presented a the SEMA. We are expecting for Accord to follow in its footsteps.