Although you might believe that it is too soon for a new generation, it appears that Honda will preview the ninth-generation Accord with a concept that will be unveiled in January, at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. According to Honda, the new Accord Coupe Concept will show a new dynamic and aggressive profile and previews the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe that will go on sale in the fall of 2012. Currently, the Honda Accord is firm’s top-selling model in the United States.
The 2012 Detroit Auto Show will also see the debut of the highly anticipated Acura NSX sports concept vehicle what previews the new Honda/Acura NSX.
Moreover, Acura will also unveil a new luxury compact sedan dubbed ILX and a close-to-production, next-generation RDX crossover.
According to a Honda spokesman, the NSX is expected to go on sale within three years, and it will use a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain with all-wheel drive. Two electric motors will power the front wheels while the third motor will be mated to the mid-ship engine powers the rear axle.
Honda will come out with three new engines for its latest Accord models. The new models for 2013 (particularly the Coupe and the Sedan) will come with these new powertrains.
For the first time in the US, Honda introduces the Earth Dreams (2.4L, 16-Valve) DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinders with direct injection unit. This powertrain works either with the new CVT or the 6-speed MT. The Continuously Variable Transmission provides outstanding shifting and acceleration due to its advanced cooperative control system.
On the other hand, the new Honda Accord’s 2.4L DI engine has considerably improved from the previous 4-cylinder. This time, it comes back with a more impressive 181 hp and 177lb-ft of torque aside from providing fuel efficiency.
Honda ensures that the 2013 Accord Coupe and Sedan models will also be available in 3.5L, 24Valve, SOHC i-VTEC powertrain. Any of the standard 6-speed MT or the 6-Speed AT of your choice can come with this new engine. Nevertheless, we can only expect an improved torque output and more incredible horsepower than before. The 6-Speed AT meanwhile utilizes Honda’s VCM (or Variable Cylinder Management) technology for enhanced fuel consumption.
Honda Accord’s new range of models will also be offered with the latest 2-motor plugin hybrid technology. This will be available on the Sedan variant, which will be running in three various modes for optimum fuel economy and driving efficiency. The hybrid model could come in direct drive, gasoline-electric or the all-electric mode of driving convenience.
The all-electric mode features a 120kW electric motor plus a 6kW/h lithium ion battery pack to deliver at least 10-15 miles of pure electric city driving. The top speed for this range is at 62mph. It will only take as little as 4 hours to recharge its battery with the use of any conventional 120V power outlet. The 240V charger meanwhile should only take 1.5 hours at the most.
The gasoline-electric hybrid mode bears the new 2.0L fuel-efficient i-VTEC inline (Atkinson) engine in 4 cylinders. It also works along with Honda Accord’s E-CVT. Interestingly; the direct-drive mode function uses only the front wheels for a more intense (but efficient) high speed driving. But for now, we just have to wait until next winter so we can see all these amazing Plugin Hybrids come to life.