Nearly Ready: Pair of 2013 Honda Accords Caught Desert Testing

Honda may not be ready to officially unveil the 2013 Accord, but that hasn't stopped our spy photographer from capturing shots of the 2013 Accord coupe and sedan out desert testing. While the two cars are clearly not ready for their debut, it probably won't be long before Honda reveals details about its popular midsize segment contender.

The 2013 Honda Accord coupe, not surprisingly, bears a close resemblance to the Honda Accord Coupe concept that debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Sleeker headlights are directly connected to a revised grille that appears to avoid the overly showy upper chrome grille trim piece on the 2012 Honda Accord coupe. The nearly production-ready prototype leaves behind the concept's unusual LED daytime running lights in the lower fascia for a set of traditional circular fog lights. As on the outgoing Accord coupe, a character line runs up the side of the doors but now starts from the very top of the wheel wells.

From behind, we definitely see the influence of the Accord Coupe concept in the restyled taillights, which unfortunately have lost the smoked look of the show car. Judging by the single exhaust outlet, this prototype is likely a regular four-cylinder model. For the 2013 Accord, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with direct-injection will be offered with a new CVT while the 3.5-liter V-6 remains, now making about 280 hp and using a six-speed automatic. Considering the automatic transmission Accord I-4 and V-6 models currently get 23/34 mpg city/highway and 20/30 mpg, respectively, expect minor increases for both. If fuel economy in the 30-mpg range isn't enough, consider waiting for the upcoming 2013 Honda Accord plug-in hybrid model, with will use a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle with an electric CVT and have an all-electric mode.

From what we can tell about this 2013 Accord sedan prototype, the new sedan's design seems a bit more upscale. An expanded license plate opening area is joined by larger taillights that avoid the odd red strips found on the 2012 Accord sedan. The new sedan appears to have a window treatment similar to the current model, which is on the long side of the segment.

Until the 2013 Honda Accord coupe and sedan are officially revealed, take a look at the latest spyshots in the gallery below and tell us: What do you want to see from the new 2013 Accord?

Gorb
Wonder if it will have the rear wiper - a favorite feature of my old RSX. What I see so far I like very much, especially the apparent head room in the cab. Hope it also has enough leg room, like my present Accord... Thanks for sharing these pics...

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