A few details were confirmed earlier, including that the beloved, optional 3.5-liter V-6 will not transition into the new model. Instead, power will be provided by a pair of direct-injected, turbocharged inline-four-cylinders displacing 1.5 and 2.0 liters. The 1.5-liter turbo is the de facto replacement for the ninth-generation model’s naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four, while the 2.0-liter turbo will stand in for the V-6.
From the outside, the Accord is slightly lower and wider. It’s also shorter in overall length compared to the current car. A signature chrome wing grille, more aggressive fascia with large air intake, shorter overhangs, long hood and greenhouse pushed further to the rear give the new car a sportier look and stance.
Like all manufacturers, Honda also is battling increasing consumer preference for sport utility vehicles over sedans. Though Honda does well with its HR-V and CR-V compact SUVs and holds the top two positions in retail domestic car sales with its Civic and Accord sedans, overall car sales are sliding.
“The biggest challenge for the new Accord is that it’s a mid-size car,” said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for Autotrader. “The new version likely will help Honda maintain share, but in a shrinking segment.”