Based on the Accord Coupe Concept Honda's showing at the Detroit Motor Show that previews the next generation model, Shoeb R Kalania rendered a four-door version sporting wheels and bumpers that are much closer to reality. Similar to the Civic and CR-V, Honda's showing a near-production model before releasing the showroom model. The new Accord reaches dealerships in America this September and should make it to India next year.
The next generation Accord is another important model for Honda in India as that segment is seeing a model flood. Dust sheets came off Hyundai's, Toyota's and Peugeot's rival vehicles (Sonata, new Camry and 508) at the Auto Expo last week. Nissan has updated the Teana and Volkswagen is making people take notice of the fuel-saving BlueMotion technology on the Passat. Ford's next generation Mondeo, which we're told is India bound, is on view at the same venue as Honda's concept.
Honda has confirmed three engines for the new Accord - A 2.4 liter four-cylinder making 181hp/240 Nm mated to either a six-speed manual or a CVT, the 2.0 liter producing 161 HP “helped” by an electric motor and a 6 kWh lithium-ion battery, with an electric CVT and finally the 3.5-liter V6 for the power junkie with 301hp/359Nm bolted to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.