We’ve caught so many prototypes testing under light camouflage that we already had a good idea what the 2013 Honda Accord would look like, but now the Japanese company has pulled off the wraps and released official photos of the new midsize sedan. Honda promises that even more information and photos of the 2013 Accord will arrive later this fall.
The 2013 Accord looks much sharper and upscale than the current 2012 car. The design begins with a broad, chrome-trimmed grille and upswept headlights. The formerly bland doors now wear a strong crease that runs from the front fender to the taillights, and the side skirts even have sporty scallops and creases. The aggressive surfacing recalls competitors like the Hyundai Sonata and 2013 Ford Fusion.
The new trunklid looks remarkably like the hind of a Hyundai Genesis thanks to large red-and-white taillights, and a big chrome strip between the light housings. The rear glass now tapers much more gently and coupe-like than on the current Accord sedan. The new car is actually a little bit shorter than its predecessor, but reportedly boasts more interior and luggage room thanks to better packaging.
UPDATE: Honda released photos of the production-intent 2013 Accord Coupe earlier this morning. As we predicted upon seeing the Accord Coupe Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the finished product looks much like the show car, though its front and rear fascias are slightly different in production guise.
Honda already revealed the powertrain choices for the 2013 Accord when the Accord Coupe Concept (red, in gallery below) bowed at the Detroit auto show in January. The base mill is a 188-hp, 2.4-liter inline-four, coupled to a six-speed manual or an Ohio-built continuously variable transmission. The upgrade engine is a 271-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that mates to a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Finally, the Accord Hybrid returns with a new series plug-in hybrid drivetrain. It will apparently allow for 10 to 15 miles of all-electric driving range before the 2.0-liter gasoline engine kicks in, and for a top speed of up to 62 mph with the gas engine off. The powertrains are collectively part of Honda’s “Earth Dreams” initiative to improve vehicle efficiency.
New technology on board includes blind-spot, lane-departure, and forward-collision warning systems, plus a standard backup camera on all trim levels. Pricier models will be available with LED running lights, headlights, and taillights. The 2013 Accord also has the first implementation of Honda’s new infotainment system, which will feature things like Pandora internet radio, NPR podcasts, and voice-recognition text messaging.