Inspired by the smaller Civic, the new Accord is essentially still a saloon with a three-box shape just that the rear windscreen is more raked. While the front end bears a family look with other Hondas, it’s the rear quarter – the lights and D-pillars – that help make the Accord clearly distinguishable from its predecessor (the one still lurking in Thai showrooms).
Honda has applied the low and wide stance formula for the all-new Accord. The new generation’s body is 0.59 inches (14.99 mm) lower and 0.39 inches (9.91 mm) wider. The length has reduced by 0.39 inches (9.91 mm), but wheelbase has grown by 2.16 inches (54.87 mm).
A two-motor hybrid will also be offered in the 2018 Accord. Honda says it will be more efficient than its superlative predecessor, which gets a Prius-like 48 mpg combined. The battery pack and control system will be mounted under the rear seat instead of in the trunk, preserving precious cargo space and convenient 60/40 fold-down rear seats.
One key detail about the hybrid we do know is that Honda engineers have managed to fit its battery pack beneath the rear seat. This means that unlike the previous Accord hybrid, the 16.7- cu.-ft. trunk and split-folding rear seats remain unaffected by bulky, space-stealing batteries.
Models on offer in the US will get Honda Sensing with collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation and adaptive cruise control along with driver and passenger knee airbags, blind spot information and driver awareness monitor.