2018 Honda Accord : More refined, efficient and fewer cylinders

2018 Honda Accord : More refined, efficient and fewer cylinders

About a month ago, we were lucky to have a glimpse of the all-new 2018 Honda Accord in Japan. While this ride allowed us to sample the new powertrains of the car, we had to wait until today to get the complete truth about the car, which has just been revealed. The 10th generation deal follows one of the most successful versions of Honda\’s mid-size sedan. The lapped design packs a new style inside and out and controversy, drops the solid but aging V6 for a turbocharged four-line.

The general shape is similar to that of the current Honda Civic. It seems longer, lower and wider than the outgoing model with a steep fastback style roof. A longer 2.16-inch wheelbase should provide some stability at high speeds while offering rear passengers a little more legroom. The shorter overhangs, often difficult for a front-wheel drive car, give the Accord a sportier look. The large grille has a chrome bar that runs through the center and on some trims is flanked by LED headlights and fog lights. At the rear, the Accord features LED taillights and dual exhaust ports.

2018 Honda Accord : More refined, efficient and fewer cylinders

The greenhouse is more inclined toward the center of the car in order to make it look wider than it actually is. The seats are pushed just a little, slightly improving the hip room. Passenger volume is up 2.5 cubic feet while trunk space is up slightly to 16.7 cubic feet. Honda also announced that the Accord Coupe is dead from next year. While we can enjoy the looks, the coupe is only a small part of Accord\’s sales. Like the V6, it just does not make sense in today\’s market.

Like the Civic and the CR-V, the Accord\’s cab is significantly improved over the outgoing model. The car uses better materials on most surfaces while the design is focused on optimizing the efficiency of the space. The new seats feature improved shoulder braces and more padded armrests. The driver\’s seat has a 12-position power setting and is available with heating and ventilation. The Accord is now also available with heated rear seats.

2018 Honda Accord : More refined, efficient and fewer cylinders

Infotainment features an 8-inch screen and buttons for setting and volume, and the system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are a number of customizable tiles for various applications. The latest version of HondaLink includes emergency roadside assistance, remote lock / unlock and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, and speed tracking. Top trim models feature a 6-inch head-up display that displays a speedometer, tachometer, and navigation.

The Accord is more connected than ever. In addition to Bluetooth pairing now required, the new model features a 4G LTE embedded Wi-Fi connection. The system also means that the Accord can receive updates over the air, similar to the Tesla Model S and Model X. Each Accord has two USB charging ports, with 2.5 A ports on the EX outputs and higher.

It can be said that the biggest news with the 2018 Accord is the shift to four-cylinder power. As much as we like the V6, it was not a very popular option and was lagging behind in fuel efficiency and emissions. There will be three engines available for the Accord, including two direct injection and turbocharger. The third is the latest version of Honda\’s dual-mode hybrid system. Three transmissions are available, a CVT, an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual transmission. The latter is available with both turbocharged engines.

Honda\’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine replaces the 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine as a basic engine. In the Accord, the engine produces 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque, the latter being available from 1500 rpm. While on paper this is not a big step forward, the low-end couple should make the Accord stronger. The CVT is standard, although the Sport Balance model is available with the CVT and the six-speed manual.

A four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter line replaces the V6. This is not a penalty. The engine is based on the 2.0-liter in the new Honda Civic Type R, although tuned and refined for use in the Accord. The power went from 278 to 252, but the torque went from 252 to 273. As for the 1.5 liter, the torque is available at 1500 rpm and should make the car stronger in the city. The engine has i-VTEC and is paired with either a 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.

The hybrid system of the 2018 Accord is brand new. Production returns to Ohio after moving to Japan in recent years. The facility uses a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder that runs on the fuel-efficient Atkinson cycle. Honda says the 40% thermal efficiency is the highest of any mass-produced engine in the world. The drive motors are the first to use magnets that do not contain rare earth metals. The new battery is mounted under the floor rather than in the trunk. This means that no trunk space is lost and the rear seats can still fall back.

Improved construction techniques and the increased use of high-strength steel and aluminum mean that the total weight of the Accord is down from 110 to 176 pounds, depending on the trim. The same changes mean that the rigidity of the body is increasing. The front suspension uses aluminum control arms and is mounted on an aluminum subframe. An adaptive damper system and fluid-filled rings should help improve ride quality.

As with more and more cars, all Accord 2018 come standard with the Honda Sensing Safety Suite. This includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, attenuation of road departures and adaptive cruise with low speed tracking. All models also contain a rear view camera. Blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors and cross traffic alert are all available as options.

The price has not been announced, but the new Accord will be available in a number of trim levels. The 1.5-liter engine is available in LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring versions, while the 2.0-liter is available in Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring. The hybrid is available in five versions: Hybrid, EX, EXL, EX-L Navi and Touring. The Accord will continue to be built at the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio.

source : https://www.autoblog.com/2017/07/14/2018-honda-accord-reveal/#slide-6811813

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