The 2018 Honda Accord has been unveiled in the US in its tenth generation avatar, however an India launch is still not confirmed.
The 2018 Honda Accord has been revealed in the US in its tenth generation avatar. The sedan gets smaller yet powerful engines and more features. Resembling an overall shape similar to the Civic, the 2018 iteration of the Accord gets a host of changes including a more alluring design, improved dimensions and more efficient engines. The 10th generation of the sedan is longer and wider than the outgoing model. A marginal increase of 55 mm in the wheelbase ensures there’s enough legroom for the rear passengers.
A thick dash of chrome on the grille highlights the front end of the car and at the same time meets the LED headlights on the either sides. Fog lights too are LED units. The rear again will remind us of the Civic with similar C-shaped LED tail-lights. The dual exhaust ports further adds some drama to the rear.
The increase in wheelbase has translated into increased passenger space and boot space inside the car. Talking of the interiors, the 2018 Accord’s cabin is more improved than the outgoing model. The interiors come with better quality materials, new seats with improved shoulder bolsters, 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat with heating and cooling functions, heated rear seats, and an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
The 2018 Honda Accord also packs in the latest version of HondaLink that features emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking engine start, remote diagnostics, geo-fencing, stolen-vehicle tracking and speed tracking. A 6-inch heads-up display showing speedometer, tachometer and navigation will also be offered in the top variants. The vehicle, in addition to the Bluetooth pairing, will also feature a 4G LTE in-car WiFi.
Under the hood, the tenth generation Honda Accord will only come with turbocharged 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engine options. Honda has ditched the 2.4-litre 4-cylinder and the V6 engines completely. The 2.0-litre (as seen in the Civic Type-R) in-line 4 makes 252 HP and 370 Nm of torque. The 1.5-litre engine on the other hand makes 192 HP and 260 Nm of torque.
While the 1.5-litre petrol will come mated to a CVT transmission, the 2.0-litre petrol will be mated to an all new 10-speed automatic torque convertor gearbox. The 6-speed manual is still available on the Accord and is offered in the Sport variant. Honda is also offering a hybrid powertrain with a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle engine paired with electric motors that use magnets. The specifications of the hybrid engine are yet to be revealed.
The Honda Sensing safety suite includes collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control. Blind sport monitoring with cross traffic and driver awareness monitors and front and rear parking sensors are offered as optional.
The Accord will continue to be made at the Honda’s Marysville, Ohio facility in the US with deliveries set to commence soon there. Sales across other markets except India will start in the coming months. An India launch isn’t expected any time soon.
2018 Honda Accord
– Honda has unveiled the 2018 Accord in the US markets
– The 2018 Honda Accord is the first front wheel drive car to get a 10-speed transmission
– The new Accord will no more be powered by the 2.4-litre and V6 petrol engines
– The 2018 Accord will come powered by a 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines