2018 Honda Accord debuts with new 10spd auto, turbo engines

Mitchell Jones

The 2018 Honda Accord sedan has broken cover in Detroit, a month after the automaker detailed the new powertrains that will be on offer.

Utilising the same platform as the new Civic and CR-V, the tenth-generation Accord eschews the conventional three-box sedan style in favour of a more flowing, fastback silhouette.

The new car is up to 100kg lighter, with the V6 engine dropped in favour of 1.5- and 2.0-litre turbo engines, as previously reported. The 1.5-litre turbo generates 143kW and 260Nm, mated to either a six-speed manual or CVT, while the V6-replacing 2.0L is a detuned version of the Civic Type R’s mill. It makes 188kW, and 370Nm at 1500-4000rpm, connected to either a six-speed manual or ten-speed automatic.

The manual options apply to the USA-assembled Accord. Given that the Australian-delivered Civic is a CVT-only affair, chances of stick-shift making it here are slim, but we can hope in vain.

As for the hybrid variant, it comprises of ta 2.0-litre Atkinson Cycle petrol engine paired with an electric motor system. Outputs are yet to be confirmed.

Autonomous technology also gets a boost. The suite of driver assistance systems is grouped together as part of ‘Honda Sensing’. Autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, stop sign recognition and adaptive cruise are included. The outgoing Accord has one of our favourite lane-keep autonomous steering assistance systems, so we hope the new one is as good.

We will bring you local information when it comes to hand. Take a look at the video below for more.

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