Set to go on sale later this year, Honda has revealed select details about the 2018 Accord, including power units, weight, interior and other changes.
Previewed last month, the 2018 Accord sports a slight redesign with a lower air intake underneath the signature Honda Grille, revised rear windows and a sportier roofline. Honda has also attached a sculpted hood, LED taillights, dual exhaust system with chrome highlight and moulded rear spoiler.
Starting off with the base model of the 2018 Accord, a 1.5-litre turbocharged four cylinder unit pumps out 192 horsepower and 260 Nm of torque. This can be had with a CVT gearbox or a 6-speed manual transmission.
Next up, is the punchy 2-litre turbocharged unit rated at 252 hp and 369 Nm of torque and can be had with a 6-speed manual in sport trim and a 10-speed automatic box.
Hybrid fans can opt for the 2018 Accord Hybrid with a 2-litre Atkinson cycle motor with not one, but two electric motors. Honda hasn’t officially released any performance figures for this variant, and we’ll likely find out more before launch.
Open the doors, and you’ll find higher quality materials and a refreshed cabin design. Not only that, 2018 Accord models feature chrome accents, soft-touch instrument panel, 8-inch media display and in rear passengers benefit from additional legroom due to the Accord’s extended wheelbase.
Honda has also thrown the door option to add features with the likes of ventilated seats, wireless phone charger, heads-up display and 4G LTE connectivity in select markets.
As the body used high-strength steel along with other metals, the model now weighs up to 79.8 kilos less than last years model.
Other highlights worth mentioning include new MacPherson strut front suspension, adaptive damper system and a lower centre of gravity. All of which contribute to a smoother ride.
It’s unknown which of these four engines will power the 2018 Accord in the GCC. There’s a chance we’ll get none of these motors similar to what happened with the GCC spec 2017 Honda CR-V.