|2013 Honda Accord sedan|
The redesigned 2013 Honda Accord will go on sale this fall in the USA with a "noticeably" shorter length, a new drivetain (including a very-Nissan Altima-ish continuously variable transmission and a plug-in hybrid) and lots of added tech "bells and whistles" engineering (including the new HondaLink cloud-based system, giving access to Bluetooth streaming audio, Pandora internet radio, SMS messaging, Facebook audio, audiobooks and personalized restaurant services, all integrated into the dashboard and utilizing voice recognition for hands-free control!) and other changes that Honda hopes will increase the Accord's 11 percent share of the mid-sized car market, just a point ahead of the new generation Altima - and far behind the class-leading (and also newly restyled) Toyota Camry. Accord sales have dropped the last 5 model years in a row here in the USA as the size of the existing US model Accord increased to near Chevy Impala proportions and lost alot of its previous road-handling attributes.
Honda released the first official images of the production version of the Accord today (see above) to the automotive press. No pictures of the interior were released, however. Hopefully, Honda learned its lesson with the grossly-decontented Civic interior it tried to sell in the current model CIvic... which has been almost universally hated for its extreme cheapness, which led Honda to quickly redesign the dash and instrument panel of the Civic!
The 2013 Accord sedan -- weighing less than the outgoing model, but featuring more passenger and trunk room -- features flush windshield glass, flush-mounted windshield wipers, enhanced underbody aerodynamics, and LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights.
Honda -- clearly aiming for U.S. sedan buyers attracted to the more "emotionally" styled competitors - meaning the current Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and the new Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima - and the standout 2013 Ford Fusion (nee Mondeo) -- calls the Accord the "most sculpted and dynamic Accord ever."
The base engine will be a 2.4-liter inline-four with 181 hp and 177 pound-feet of torque, Honda said in January. That would mean a slight horsepower increase but considerably more torque, with at least 10 percent better EPA fuel economy, according to Honda.
All four-cylinder versions of the Accord that are equipped with an automatic transmission will be fitted with a continuously variable transmission. Honda has also re-engineered (to increase power and fuel efficiency) the Accord's 3.5-liter V-6 engine and paired it with a new six-speed automatic transmission or an available six-speed manual gearbox . The 2013 Accord will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid. Honda did not release full technical details or expected sticker prices yet, but given the competitiveness of the mid-sized sedan market, pricing should be fairly close to the current model.
Source and more photos: http://www.edmunds.com/honda/accord/2013/
[Edited 2012-08-08 21:10:27]
[Edited 2012-08-08 21:11:55]