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The Honda Accord is up for its next styling cycle. The last iteration was back in 2008 till now, so we will be seeing the next model real soon. So, how soon will it be? The last time we’ve heard of the new Honda Accord Coupe was back in January of this year at the Detroit Auto Show, and since then, we haven’t heard any murmur from Honda.
The Honda Accord will be in its ninth generation, and the competition is heating fast with the likes of Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Toyota Camry. As a matter of fact, according to the company’s statistics, its sales has gone down to 26,771 units of the Accord last month, from 31,533 units a year ago, which is a drop by eight percent since March.
To stay competitive, Honda has to make the Accord looks more attractive. So, will this next Accord model up to par with potential buyers. From the looks of the new Honda Accord Coupe concept, we were a bit excited. Although not much has changed from the current year model, we do see a more aggressive styling with aerodynamic parts in both the front and rear ends. It is likely that the large chrome accented front air vents and exhaust outlets wouldn’t be in the production model.
“Marking the 30th anniversary of U.S. production, this new ninth-generation Accord will raise the bar again through a tour de force of new Honda powertrain and safety technologies, geared to ensure that Honda and the Accord continue to lead in fuel economy, safety and fun-to-drive performance,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda.
In the power department, Honda is upping the ante for the 2013 Honda Accord as well. It will receive a bigger 3.5-liter V6 engine, while the base model will continue be offered with an updated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 181-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. And for the first time, Honda will be offering an optional 6-speed manual gearbox for the four-cylinder engine. The new V6 engine will be equipped with a new 6-speed automatic transmission.
If those who want to save a bit more fuel, there is also the Accord Plug-In Hybrid available as a sedan only. The hybrid powerplant included a 2.0L i-VTEC four-cylinder engine, a 120 kW electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The hybrid powerplant is mated to an electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission that transfers power to the front wheels. On electric power alone, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid can travel up to 15 miles with a top speed of 62 mph.
Honda has announced that the 2013 Honda Accord will be available in fall of 2012, and that is inline with its four-year styling cycle. Check out the video below for the full image of the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe concept.