All-New 2018 Honda Accord: Winning head and hearts…Globally
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Honda revealed the direction for it’s best-selling midsize sedan for 2018 Accord with the world debut in United States. The new Accord is even more stylish, sporty and premium. This completely redesigned 10th-generation Accord receives a lighter and more rigid body structure, an advanced new chassis design, two all-new high-torque direct-injected and turbocharged engines, the world's first 10-speed automatic transmission for a front-drive car and a new generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid technology, along with driver-assistive and connected-car technologies – all wrapped with sleek and athletic design makes it the best in class for interior space and comfort.
The 2018 Accord has taken a new performance approach by introducing new engines – two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and the third generation of Honda's two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. All new Honda Accord also features a new 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) with 2.0-liter turbo engine, the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car.
The new 1.5-liter, 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC) produces a peak 192 horsepower (HP) at 5,500 rpm and 192 lb-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,000 rpm, which is higher than the existing, normally aspirated 2.4-liter model. The new 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The Accord powertrain will also include a new 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo with i-VTEC® valvetrain paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the race-bred 2017 Civic Type R, produces 252 HP at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm which replaces the 3.5-liter V6.
The new Accord design has a low and wide body appearance with expansive visibility. The longer wheelbase allows the second-row seats move backwards, giving Accord improved leg room and making it the most spacious rear seating in its class. Trunk space has also been increased.
Exterior fascia includes Honda's signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and with a full-LED headlights and LED fog lights.
The low and wide rear view is finished off with an a decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and cleanly integrated dual exhaust ports. The new Front, side and rear design elements represents the most streamlined Accord yet.
The new Accord boasts a larger, more premium and tech savvy interior that represents its athletic and elegant body design. Interiors reflect high level of quality and premium feel in-line with Accord's sedan status.
The new Accord features a panoramic forward view and new soft-touch instrument panel with three-tier design. Steering wheel is intricately contoured and available with paddle shifters that complement Accord’s more sophisticated and sporty performance capabilities. The driver's seat now has 12-way power adjustment with height-adjustable lumbar support.
The 2018 Accord cabin also features an ultra-slim 7-inch TFT driver's meter and a new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with physical volume and tuning knobs and more intuitive, smartphone-like features and functionality including customizable app tiles and home-screen shortcuts, along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. The Accord also will offer the next-generation of HondaLink telematics with new capabilities including remote locking/unlocking and engine start, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more.
Touring trims also feature a new 6-inch driver's Head Up Display with selectable information, including speed, engine rpm, turn-by-turn navigation, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Additional new or improved connected-car technologies available on the 2018 Accord include wireless device charging, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication technology, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates.
ADVANCED SAFETY AND DRIVER-ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
New Accords will feature Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition. Additional available driver-assistive technologies include Blind Spot Information, front and rear parking sensors, Cross Traffic Monitor and Driver Awareness Monitor; and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines.
Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), advanced front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags and new driver and front-passenger knee airbags.
The Accord will continue to be built in the United States and G.C.C debut is expected by early next year. Now that Honda has open its cards, competition has become more exciting between the two major rivals – 2018 New Honda Accord vs. 2018 New Toyota Camry. I am sure car buyers and enthusiasts will keenly wait to see the comparison.
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