As is customary today, new models are being officially details ahead of the official introduction, with fans being enticed to previews of the fully-camouflaged prototypes and some interesting details.
Japanese automaker Honda is well aware of the trend and they are joining the fray with the 2018 Accord midsize sedan, which is announced by the company with a host of new turbo engines as well as a 10-speed automatic to make it worthwhile to wait for the tenth-generation Accord. Since it’s making the switch to such a milestone generation, the Accord is coming later this year with three new or upgraded powertrains, two turbocharged gas engines as well as the next generation of the brand’s well-known hybrid system. The entry-level offering will feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, most likely a tuned version of the one already seen inside the new Civic and CR-V SUV. Honda adds the engine will get a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission.
The next turbo is a larger, 2.0-liter version packing either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission, their first application of the box inside a front-wheel-drive car and both turbo engines are being assembled at Honda’s engine factory in Anna, Ohio. The details on the hybrid are way more mysterious – we only know the new generation “will be powered by the next generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid technology.” The model family is also said to come with “a new-from-the-ground-up design”, complete with “dramatically lower and wider appearance”.