New Updated Honda Accord 2018 Back with a Bang
The new Honda Accord 2018 model has been unveiled in the United States. The car will reach the showrooms in U.S. by late 2017, and despite looking like a lift back, is a sedan with a larger cabin and has a smaller boot.
The latest iteration of the Honda Accord is totally different from the earlier versions and features a more rigid and lighter body structure with two new direct-injection turbo engines, 10-speed automatic transmission(a first for front wheel drive). Also, there is as an option of the new generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid technology, along with a lot of new driver-assistive, safety and connected-car technologies. However, not all the features will be available in the limited GCC market.
The new Accord 2018 model has a longer wheelbase, wider body, a lower overall height, lower seating position, shortened car length, and wider wheel tracks. The inclusion of the longer wheelbase allows the second-row seats to be moved substantially rearward, hence, giving the Accord 2018 model more rear leg room. This is the reason the car has the highest leg room as compared to other cars in the same bracket.
For an improved in car experience, the Accord 2018 model has a new HMI, which includes an ultra-slim 7-inch TFT driver’s meter as well as a new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface. The buttons will be physical, and the touchscreen interface is more intuitive and has smartphone-like features and functionality that include customizable app tiles a well as home-screen shortcuts, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Accord also will offer the next-generation of HondaLink telematics with new capabilities including emergency roadside assistance, remote locking/unlocking and engine start, stolen vehicle tracking, remote diagnostics, geofencing, speed tracking and more.
The offerings will also include next generation HondaLink telematics that has new capabilities such as emergency roadside assistance, remote engine start and locking/unlocking, remote diagnostics, stolen vehicle tracking, speed tracking, geofencing, etc.
There will be different trims of the Accord 2018: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring.
The new Touring trims will also feature an all-new 6-inch driver’s Head Up Display provided with selectable information that includes engine RPM, traffic sign recognition, turn-by-turn navigation, and speed. Some other additional new, as well as connected car tech that has been put on the Honda Accord 2018, will include auto Bluetooth phone pairing with NFC, 4G WiFi in car WiFi based OTA updates and wireless device charging.
The audio system in the car will depend upon the trim as the LX will have 4 speakers and 160 watts, Sport and EX-trim will have 8 speakers and 180 watts, and there will be 10 speakers and 450 watts on the EX-L Navi and Touring versions.
The new 2018 Honda Accord features three new powertrains. The first being the new 1.5-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo engine that has dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC). This helps the car produce 192 Horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 260 Nm torque. The engine will replace the current 2.4-litre engine, but the car will still be mated to a CVT as the standard option or to a CVT or 6-speed manual transmission in Sport trim.
The other option in engine department is the new 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected turbo engine with i-VTEC that has been paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission or, in the case of the Sport trim, 10-speed automatic or an optional 6-speed manual. The new 2.0-litre turbo engine shares much of the design with the 315 Horsepower Civic Type R, producing 252 Horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 370 Nm torque.
There will also be a hybrid version available that will have the two-motor hybrid system which utilizes a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine, which will be paired with Honda-developed electric motors. The two-motor system can operate without a conventional automatic transmission. Additionally, the hybrid battery pack and control systems have been mounted under the car’s rear floor, thus preserving cargo space, and allowing a 60/40-split folding rear seat.
In the 2018 Accord, there is an extensive suite of driver-assistive technologies and Honda Sensing safety as the standard equipment. The Honda Sensing will include Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Road Departure, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow. Furthermore, driver-assistive technologies will include Cross Traffic Monitor, Blind Spot Information, driver awareness monitor, and front and rear parking sensors. All the models will have a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines.
Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, new driver and front-passenger knee airbags, and driver and front-passenger side airbags are some of the standard advanced active and passive safety systems.
The Honda Accord 2018 model is likely to be built in the U.S. and will most probably debut in the GCC region early on in 2018. However, what remains to be seen is if the car has turbo engines, a hybrid model and new gearbox options will be offered in the Saudi Arabia, UAE, and other local markets.