The tenth-generation Honda Accord made its world debut in Detroit, USA recently. It packs a ground-up design, a pair of turbocharged engines and an updated hybrid powertrain along with additional features. The 2018 Accord is set to go on sale in the US market by the end of the year, while its Indian debut is expected in 2019. Here’s what we know about the 2018 Honda Accord so far.
As expected, the new Accord features a fastback-like roofline similar to the tenth-gen Civic. It looks nothing like the ninth-gen model it will be replacing soon. The sweeping roofline and the window line seem to be inspired from the current Civic (possibly India-bound).
Like most new cars launched these days, the 2018 Accord gets a relatively low bonnet with a more upright fascia when compared to the outgoing model. The centre portion of the bonnet is raised and accentuates the hunkered down look of the new sedan.
Honda’s signature wing grille extends across the width of the new sedan. Like the outgoing ninth-gen facelift model, it features full-LED headlamps (a total of nine-lamps) along with LED fog lights. The 2018 Accord’s grille is now a single unit and there’s no two-part grille like the outgoing model.
At the side, there’s a deep sculpted body line which bends as it nears either ends of the car. This line emphasises its coupe-like silhouette and hunkered down nose. The rear gets boomerang-shaped LED tail lamps.
When compared to the outgoing model, the 2018 Accord’s overall length and height have gown down marginally by nearly 10mm and 15mm, respectively. However, there’s substantial increment in its wheelbase (nearly 56mm). All of this has certainly resulted in what the Japanese automaker is touting as ‘classic Honda design principles, such as a low and wide body, expansive visibility and sporty seating position’.
Honda has tried to keep the panoramic forward view from cabin seen in its other cars with the new Accord as well. The dashboard sits relatively low and the centre console is highlighted by an 8-inch free-floating touchscreen infotainment unit which features a new user interface and physical volume and tuner buttons. It also offers support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto like the current model.
The infotainment system can be coupled to a 10-speaker system which delivers 450 watts. The instrument cluster features a 7-inch TFT display, so there’s are no dual displays like the outgoing model.