Unlikely to make local landfall again anytime soon, the newest version of Honda's top selling sedan now boasts Civic-inspired looks with a longer wheelbase, shorter overall length, wider track, bigger height and a coupe-like appearance, with the main talking point being a new range of small capacity turbocharged engines.
Making wide-scale use of aluminium and with a 10 mm drop in the centre of gravity, the Accord tips the scales at some 100 kg less than the previous model with a new fluid filled Adaptive Damper System and two-mode drive selector backing up the new range of powerunits.
As previously reported, the base 2.4-litre motor makes way for the same 1.5-litre turbocharged mill used in the Civic, with outputs of 143 kW and 260 Nm mated to a CVT or in the case of the Sport, a six-speed manual gearbox.
At the sharp end, the 3.5-litre V6 departs for a detuned version of the Civic Type R's 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, developing 188 kW and 370 Nm, with Sport models again featuring a six-speed manual and the rest of the range Honda's brand-new button operated 10-speed automatic. A 2.0-litre hybrid model with yet as undisclosed performance figures completes the new Accord line-up.
For the US market, the Accord will initially be offered in a choice of five trim levels for the 1.5-litre turbo (LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring), four for the 2.0-litre turbo (Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring) and five for the Hybrid (EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring) with another significant change being a completely redesigned interior and new driver assistance systems.
Highlighted by a seven-inch TFT instrument cluster, a eight-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and HondaLink connected services, the Accord also gets wireless smartphone charging, a configurable six-inch Heads-Up Display on the Touring, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, 12-way electric seats with lumbar support, a choice of four (LX), eight (Sport and EX) and ten (EX-L and Touring) speakers and a new steering wheel.
Safety-wise, all US models will come fitted as standard with Honda's Sensing system, made of Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Cruise Control, while additional items include Blind Spot information, Cross Traffic Alert, Driver Awareness Monitor, front and rear parking sensors and multi-view camera system.
Production is set to commence at Honda's Marysville, Ohio plant for US models in September.