2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine used in some models of 2018 Honda AccordEnlarge Photo
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 2017Enlarge Photo
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-MedienEnlarge Photo
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.