Thursday, 19 January 2012

Honda Reviews 9th Generation Accord

Honda Concept

Honda unveiled this Accord Concept at Detroit, which should be just a concept in name. It shows off the styling direction for the next gen Accord, as well as a host of new technologies for the ninth- generation 2013 model.

The 2013 Accord will feature three all-new powertrains, including a 2.4-litre direct-injected four- pot and two-motor plug-in hybrid system from Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams technologies. In addition, the V6 Accord will be the first Honda sedan to feature a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Honda says that the next gen Coupe will retain today’s size, but will feature a more compact exterior footprint with shortened length and reduced weight for “more responsive handling and improved driving dynamics.”

Despite the smaller body, both the Sedan and Coupe will retain the current model’s generous cabin space.
The new 2.4L DI engine will make more than 181 hp and 240 Nm of torque, which is more that today’s 2.4L, while delivering better economy. This engine will be paired to a 6-speed manual or a new CVT, which utilises an innovative cooperative control system for “excellent acceleration and responsive shifting.” Higher up, the re-engineered 3.5L V6 engine will be paired to a new 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual. There will be an increase in horsepower and torque over the current model, and automatic transmission variants will come with Honda Variable Cylinder Management technology. Once again, class leading economy is the target. The 2013 Accord range will also feature the first application of a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system in the Sedan. The system moves continuously through three modes – all-electric, gasoline-electric and direct-drive.


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