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

Pablo Tucker
July 14, 2017

The base engine is a 1.5-liter unit that's rated at 192, both horsepower and lb-ft of torque.

All '18 Accords will be assembled at Honda's Marysville, OH, plant, with engines and transmissions sourced in the U.S. Additionally, passenger volume swells to just shy of 106 cubic feet.

The auto can also be had with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged version, which replaces a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The new 2.0-liter turbo-four makes 26 fewer hp than the V-6, but torque is up by 21 lb-ft - and fuel efficiency should increase substantially.

Compared to the outgoing model, the new USA -built Honda Accord features a wheelbase that is more than 50mm longer, the new model also gets a lower roofline (-15mm), and its about 10mm wider.

As senior editor Nelson Ireson learned while testing a prototype in Japan last month, Honda will be also touting a new optional engine and transmission for the 2018 Accord.

As for gearboxes, Honda is throwing a major bone to driving enthusiasts because a six-speed manual is available with either engine, as unpopular as it will probably be.

The hybrid uses a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle engine and has electric motors that are the first to use magnets containing no heavy rare earth metals. The new battery pack is mounted under the floor rather than in the trunk. The result is a cleaner, simpler look-and it is 3 percent more dynamic.

The front end, while obviously squared up and toned down quite a bit, still has some visual semblance of the new Acura NSX, particularly with how the grille and chrome fascia grille bleed into the headlights. In the back are LED taillights and duel exhaust ports. The driver's seat has 12-way adjustment, and the front seats can be heated and cooled. A 7.0-inch screen features in the instrument cluster and is joined by an 8.0 touchscreen in the center stack for infotainment.

Inside, drivers get a seven-inch TFT "driver's meter", along Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as standard. Upper trim models come with a 6-inch heads-up display that shows a speedometer, tachometer, and navigation. Additional goodies include wireless phone charging, automatic Bluetooth pairing, 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot, and over-the-air automatic software updates. At the same time, Normal and Sport drive modes affect the behavior of the dampers as well as the tuning of the new dual-pinion, variable-ratio steering rack, throttle mapping, and active noise control. Included are collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, cross-traffic monitoring, and driver-awareness monitoring. (370 Nm) of torque from 1,500-4,000 rpm. Six trim levels will be available, from base LX to the loaded Touring model.

Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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