Next-generation Honda Accord starts testing

19/07/2016 - 16:05 | ,  ,   | Sagar Parikh

Expected to debut in late-2017.

The current, ninth generation Honda Accord was introduced in late-2012, and given a mid-life facelift last year. Now, Honda has started working on the tenth generation Honda Accord, as seen in the car's first spyshots published by Paultan. Like the next-gen Honda CR-V, the next-gen Honda Accord is also being developed in the USA.

2016 Honda Civic Modulo side at 2016 BIMS
The tenth-gen Honda Accord will be based on the tenth-gen Honda Civic's platform.

The 2018 Honda Accord's test mule is heavily camouflaged, and leaves the design to one's imagination at the moment. However, cues borrowed from the tenth-gen Civic's "Flying H" grille and fastback-like rear-end are anticipated on the Camry-rival. The next-gen Accord's relation with the all-new Civic won't be just about the design, though.

In a press conference held in February, Takahiro Hachigo, President, CEO and Representative Director, Honda Motor Company, confirmed that the next-gen Honda Accord will be based on the new generation Honda Civic's platform. The same platform will underpin the next-gen 2017 Honda CR-V as well. Mr. Hachigo also said that both, next-gen Accord and CR-V will feature new technologies and have a highly competitive pricing.

Honda Accord front three quarters right Hybrid at Auto Expo 2014
The ninth-gen Honda Accord will launch in India this year.

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The next-gen Honda Accord will likely be offered with a 2.0- or a 2.4-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine as the base option, along with a new 2.0-litre turbocharged VTEC Turbo petrol engine. The naturally aspirated V6 petrol may be discontinued for the sake of efficiency and CO2 emissions. A market launch is expected to happen first in North America, in late-2017 or early-2018.

Meanwhile, Honda Cars India will launch the current ninth-generation Accord later this year. The sedan is expected to be offered in a hybrid variant only.

[Spyshots can be viewed at Paultan]

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