Honda has given the world a preview of the next-generation Accord midsize sedan with the 2013 Accord Coupe Concept, revealed earlier this week at the Detroit Auto Show. This thinly veiled concept car is nearly production ready.
Take away the concept car wheels, though a similar design may make production, and put an interior in this concept and you’ll have the new 2013 Accord. Honda may end up toning own the aggressive front and rear ends a bit with smaller air inlets in the front and possibly the removal of the integrated exhaust tips in the rear. Typically we would say the LED lights up front wouldn’t make it to production, but with the trend now being LED daytime running lights, we can’t be sure.
Honda is bringing back the hybrid model for this next-generation Accord, and is adding a plug-in hybrid to the model mix. The plug-in setup will consist of a four-cylinder engine and a 6-kilowatt-hour battery connected to a 120-kilowatt electric motor. Electric only range will be only 10 to 15 miles with a top speed of 62 mph. On a standard 110-volt plug, Honda says it will only take four hours to fully recharge the battery pack, and only 90 minutes when using a 240-volt charger.
Also available will be the tried and true 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 3.5-liter V-6. The four-cylinder will be paired with a continuously variable transmission while the V-6 will be connected to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.