Details and photos of the ninth generation production variant Accord by Honda, which will be available in sedan and coupe, have been revealed. The coupe variant was put on exhibition at the 2012 Detroit auto show in January. This new model will be inducted into the mid size segment and will be pitted against the likes of the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, VW Passat and Chevrolet Malibu on a global level.
The new car is the most sculpted and aero dynamic model yet. The car is designed on the basis of needs of the passengers rather than the exteriors. Passenger and cargo space have been increased even though the length of the variant has been shortened.
New features like collision warning technology, rear camera for parking and lane changing technology will be seen in the new 2013 Honda Accord. The new Accord is also considerably lighter than its predecessors and these accounts for increased handling and dynamics.
2013 Honda Accord will be available in two variants. These include an petrol variant and a gasoline-electric hybrid variant. For the petrol variant, Honda Accord 2013 offers 2.4L DI generating 181 hp with 177 lb-ft torque and a 3.5L V6 i-VTEC with option for a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox.
For the Hybrid powertrain, 2013 Accord offers a 2.0L four cylinder petrol engine with E-CVT and a 6 kWh electric motor generating 161 hp. The hybrid variant can run on three modes, all electric, direct drive and hybrid. In all electric mode, the 2013 model will have a range of 16-24 kms (10-15 miles) and a top speed of 62 mph (100 kmph). Lithium-ion battery of 2013 Accord can be recharged fully within four hours using 120V outlet and within 1.5 hours by 240V outlet.
Read the press release below for more information.
All-New 2013 Honda Accord Will Debut with Premium and Sophisticated Exterior Styling
The most sculpted Accord ever is bigger on the inside and smaller on the outside
TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 8, 2012 – Honda today revealed the first images of the much anticipated all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe, set to go on sale this fall. The most sculpted Accord ever delivers an even more spacious and luxurious passenger cabin wrapped in an upscale, sophisticated exterior designed to stand the test of time.
The 2013 Accord’s styling is expressive, sophisticated and premium. Starting in the front, a bold new grille imparts a distinctive and dynamic tension that complements the powerful look of the hood’s multiple styling lines. A strong side character line flows through the door handles and flares upward toward the rear of the vehicle to further convey a sense of motion. A deep contour in the rocker panel firmly grounds its visual presence to the road and smartly turns upward to convey a sporty attitude. In the back, the inward slope where the fenders taper into the trunk and C-pillars is designed to convey a powerful, athletic stance from the rear.
True to the spirit of Honda and every Accord before it, the ninth-generation embraces a customer focus from the inside out. Smart interior packaging allows for increased passenger and cargo space in both the sedan and the coupe, while the overall exterior lengths are noticeably shortened, contributing to a sportier driving character and easier parking. An expansive greenhouse and generous rear seating area provide excellent levels of visibility and comfort for the driver and all passengers.
“This car is the most sculpted and the most dynamic Accord yet,” said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. “Following Honda’s long-held philosophy of ‘man maximum, machine minimum,’ the beautiful exterior evolved from a focus on interior space and the needs of the people inside it.”
On the road, an overall aerodynamic shape combined with low-drag exterior surfaces including nearly flush windshield glass, flush-mounted windshield wipers and careful under-body tailoring promise enhanced fuel efficiency. Premium details like available LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights hint at the sophisticated technology and luxury available inside.