The tenth-generation 2018 Honda Accord has made its world premiere in Detroit. The new-generation sedan would go on sale in the American market by October 2017. It would be available with two engine options: 1.5L and 2.0L. The 1.5L engine powered Accord will be available in six trims – LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. On the other hand, the 2.0L engine model lineup would include Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring variants. In addition, there will be the new Accord Hybrid available in five trims – Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. 2018 Accord Hybrid will be built at the company's production facility in Marysville, Ohio.
Underpinning the latest generation of Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, the new Accord sedan is lighter by approx. 50-80 kgs. as compared to the previous-gen model. The company has utilized 29 percent ultra-high-strength steel, the most extensive application of this weight-saving material in any current mass-produced Honda car. Overall, the new Accord employs 54.2 percent high strength steel. The Japanese automaker is offering Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment across the entire model lineup. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition.
The 2018 Honda Accord comes with an extended wheelbase (2.16 inches), a lower overall height (0.59 inch), wider (0.39 inch) body and a shortened overall length (0.39 inch). The prominent elements of exterior styling include a sweeping greenhouse, shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood. The front fascia flaunts Honda's signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The rear end boasts of an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and cleanly integrated dual exhaust ports. The company has incorporated a new dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power steering (EPS) as standard in all the variants of 2018 Accord.
The 2018 Honda Accord's cabin features new heated and ventilated front seats. In addition, the driver's seat is now available 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support, while the passenger comfort is further enhanced by rear seat heating with both seat bottom and seat back heating elements. The tech-savvy and easy-to-use 2018 Accord cabin also features an all-new HMI that includes an ultra-slim 7-inch TFT driver's meter and a new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with physical volume and tuning knobs and more intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Mechanically, the 2018 Honda Accord comes with three advanced powerplants – two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. The new 1.5L 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) produces a peak power of 192bhp at 5500 rpm and top torque of 260Nm between 1500-5000 rpm, up from 185bhp at 6,400 rpm and 245Nm at 3,900 rpm on the existing, normally aspirated 2.4L model. The new 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) or, in Sport trim, to a CVT or a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Accord can also be equipped with a new 2.0L 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with i-VTEC valvetrain paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or, in Sport trim, to the 6-speed manual gearbox. The new 2.0L turbo, sharing much of its design with the race-bred 2017 Civic Type R, produces 252bhp at 6500 rpm and 370Nm of torque from 1500-4000rpm, compared to 278bhp at 6200 rpm and 342Nm at 4900 rpm for the 3.5L V6 that it replaces.