Automotive News reports that the 2013 Honda Accord, which is slated to go on sale in the U.S. this fall, will be a shorter affair than in years past. Experts believe that a new engine model family and continuously variable transmission will help make the new Accord sedan and coupe models more than a match for mid-sized rivals.
‘The most sculpted’ Accord ever
Honda’s new Accord sedan reportedly will weigh less and offer more room for both passengers and cargo when compared with the 2012 model. In an effort to appeal to U.S. buyers who have been eating up the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Toyota Camry and 2013 Ford Fusion, Honda has created what it calls “the most sculpted and dynamic Accord ever.”
What kind of dynamism are we talking about? While the front and rear are clearly of Honda lineage, the side-flanking and rear-window kink at C-pillar look like something out of the BMW 3 series, says Automotive News. It’s sporty, but it’s also cutting-edge under the hood. The “Earth Dreams” engine provides much improved fuel economy, while producing a much smaller emissions footprint. New in this engine for the 2013 Accord are direct injection and DOHC.
Fuel economy with more torque
While the Honda Accord has made a name for itself with its industry-leading fuel economy – dating back to its U.S. hatchback debut in 1976 – the 2013 Honda Accord will also bring significant torque to bear. The 2.4-liter inline-four engine can produce over 181 hp with 177 foot-pounds of torque, according to the automaker. The result of Honda engineers’ work is 10 percent increased fuel efficiency, as well as a small horsepower boost and significant additional torque.
Four-cylinder engine versions of the 2013 Accord will come almost exclusively with automatic transmissions that are continuously variable. Industry insiders believe that this is something of a risk, as U.S. automotive consumers tend to view CVTs with suspicion due to a spotty record of reliability.
The V6 option
The new Accord will also offer the option of a 3.5-liter V6, paired with either a newly designed six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. The V6 version of the 2013 Accord will offer greater horsepower while still striving for class-leading fuel economy, notes Honda.
In keeping with popular trends in green automotive technology, a two-motor plug-in version in three modes, from electric to gas-electric to direct-drive, will also be made available at the expected additional cost.
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A look inside the new Accord
While images of the release version of the 2013 Honda Accord have not been released, it is believed that it will avoid the “overly plastic” errors made in the current Civic, and also rank as an upgrade over the current generation of Accord. Honda has confirmed that the newest Accord model will feature top-of-the-line electronic safety features like lane exit warning, forward collision alarm and compensation, blind spot scanners and a rear-view camera.