Big talks about the 2018 Honda Accord are happening right now in the Marysville, Ohio, auto plant where it will be built later this year. Real big. Right now.
The perennial best-seller from Honda is undergoing a dramatic makeover, and we hear from Honda that it's on par with the redo that the Civic received, as well as the CR-V's overhaul.
So far, one of our colleagues at The Car Connection has taken a spin behind the wheel of a prototype, but Honda on Monday teased us with more of what's to come from the mega-selling mid-size car headed toward a garage near you. The automaker announced that we'll get to see what all the chatter around Marysville is on July 14. That's when Honda will show off exactly what the next Accord looks like.
Here's what we know ahead of the reveal, and what we'd like to hear.
2017 Honda Accord Sport Special Edition
All signs point to another Accord Sport...
We've always been fans of the sharp looks and even the slightly uprated engine found in the Accord Sport, but we were left wondering if that model would fall by the wayside for this generation as mid-size buyers continue to leave sedans for crossovers. Honda laid a lot of those concerns to rest buy telling us that the next-gen Accord would come with a 6-speed manual with either engine, a tell that performance will be part of the next Accord.
A representative from Honda told us that the Accord Sport has been a big part of the Accord story so far. We also think it'll be part of the future.
Whether the Accord Sport appearance will be offered on the high-po turbo-4 isn't clear. Last year, the V-6 versions were luxury-minded EX-L and Touring trims only.
2016 Honda Accord Coupe
...and a few more point to another Accord Coupe
Honda's teaser image this week suspiciously fades to black behind the A-pillar, which indicates a few things to us. One of those things could be the presence of another two-door Accord, which would be the eighth consecutive generation for the body style. (The first two generations offered two-door hatchbacks.)
Although our hearts say "It's on," our heads say "Hold on." Among mid-sizers, the Accord Coupe was already a relative rarity, and mid-size buyers are favoring crossovers at a healthy clip.
Also, this generation for the Accord will be the first to ride on Honda's new modular platform shared with the Civic and CR-V. It's possible that the two-door Accord may just be called a Civic this time around. We'll have to wait to find out.
2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine used in some models of 2018 Honda Accord
It's turbos all the way down, ma'am.
Honda has given us plenty to chew on for the top-trim Accord, announcing that it will be a 2.0-liter turbo-4 mated to a 10-speed automatic. However, it's the 1.5-liter turbo-4 that has us wondering what budget buyers will be getting under the hood. Similar to the 1.5-liter turbo-4 found in the CR-V and new Civic Si, we're expecting power output from the new base Accord engine at 190 to 205 horsepower. The current base 2.4-liter inline-4 makes 185 hp (or 189 hp in Sport trims).
We won't expect the same thrilling 306 hp from the 2.0-liter turbo-4 in the Accord as found in the Civic Type R, but closer to the current output of the V-6, which is rated at 278 hp. The power output could give Honda buyers a car in the white space between the Civic Si and Civic Type R.
2018 Honda Accord sedan prototype, Honda Tochigi R&D Center, Japan, June 2017
Honda made news when it announced a V-6 would be shelved in favor of a turbo-4 borrowed from the hot Civic Type R. That it’s going away isn’t a surprise, and we expect that more automakers will follow Honda’s example for countless models soon.
Watch pricing when it's made available closer to the fall when the 2018 Honda Accord goes on sale. The price increase for the bigger engine will be a good indication of just how far the 2.0-liter turbo-4 will go around the Honda lineup—and how many buyers will be willing to pay the premium for it.
2018 Honda Accord spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
A racier roofline
The teaser for the Accord is tantalizingly dark from the windshield back. We've already been in camo'd versions of the car, and these indicate that the new Accord will adopt even more of the Civic's roofline.
Perhaps we could even see a return of the Accord Hatchback?
We'll have to wait until July 14 to find out.