Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Watch the live stream debut of the new 2018 Honda Accord here

Watch the live stream debut of the new 2018 Honda Accord here

Honda said it will start notifying Accord owners affected by the latest battery recall by the end of this month.

Dimensionally, this 10th-generation Accord remains essentially the same size as today's version. This Accord is 0.59 inches lower, 0.39 inches wider, rides on a 2.16-inch longer wheelbase than its predecessor. It looks longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing model with a steep fastback-style roof.

These changes have practical benefits inside. Additionally, passenger volume swells to just shy of 106 cubic feet. Designers gave it a bolder and more upright front fascia. Up front, you'll find optional LED headlamps and foglamps; out back, the same holds true for LED taillamps. Six trim levels will be available, from base LX to the loaded Touring model. The driver's seat has 12-way adjustment, and the front seats can be heated and cooled. Additional goodies include wireless phone charging, automatic Bluetooth pairing, 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot, and over-the-air automatic software updates.

Honda said it plans to share details on the new Accord's powertrain, design and new technology at the unveiling Friday morning. All models are front-wheel-drive, with all-wheel-drive nowhere to be found. Peak horsepower is actually down on the V6, but peak torque is up (273 pound-feet verses 252) and reaches its twist peak at 1,500 rpm verses the sixes 4,900 rpm. For drivers who want more, you can also get a 2.0-liter engine.

The 1.5T is paired to a CVT or a 6-speed manual, the latter available in the Accord's Sport grade.

On the technology front, all 2018 Honda Accords feature Honda Sensing, the brand's suite of advanced driver-assistance technologies. Honda reports in a news release that the new Accord will come with three "powerful and fuel-efficient" powertrains, a direct-injection or turbocharged engine, and either its 10-speed auto or 6-speed manual transmission as well as Honda's new two-motor hybrid tech. The base engine is a 1.5-liter unit that's rated at 192, both horsepower and lb-ft of torque. The Accord is now No. 3 in Honda sales, trailing the compact CR-V crossover and the recently redesigned Civic sedan, coupe, and hatchback line. Its drivetrain is centered around a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that achieves 40 percent thermal efficiency, the best of any mass-produced Honda engine.

This engine is fitted with forged connecting rods, a forged crankshaft, improved cylinder head and block water pathways, and sodium-filled exhaust valves. What we know is that the system continues to forgo a conventional automatic transmission and the engine can directly drive the wheels at times. The new power unit with the battery pack is now under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, freeing more cargo room. Still, depending on variant, overall weight is down by up to 176 pounds, an impressive figure for a vehicle that's not that large. The main contributor here is more ultra-high and high-strength steel, yielding significant gains in torsional rigidity. The front suspension uses aluminum control arms and is mounted to an aluminum subframe.

Honda says it paid "meticulous attention" to the tactile and visual quality of materials and surfaces throughout the car's cabin as it wanted to communicate "modernity and soft-spoken elegance".

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