2018 Honda Accord to get new engines and 10-speed AT

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Honda will launch its tenth-generation Accord later this year. The all-new 2018MY Honda Accord is being described by the OEM as ‘the most stylish and fun-to-drive’ version of midsize sedan. The car will have a lineup of advanced new powertrains and transmissions across the range.

The three powertrains in the 2018 Accord will include two direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission and a sporty 6-speed manual transmission that will be available on both turbo engines, as well as the next-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology.

“With these three advanced new powertrains, the tenth-generation Accord will be the most fun-to-drive, refined and fuel-efficient Accord yet,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of America Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Just as the new Honda Civic injected new energy into the compact car segment, we expect this all-new 2018 Accord will make people rethink the midsize sedan.”

The 2018 Accord will feature two available high-torque, high-efficiency turbocharged powerplants, a 1.5-liter direct-injected DOHC Turbo with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC), mated to either a Honda CVT or 6-speed manual transmission; and a 2.0-liter direct-injected DOHC Turbo with i-VTEC valvetrain, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission – the industry’s first 10AT for a front-wheel-drive passenger car – or a 6-speed manual. An all-new Accord Hybrid will be powered by the next-generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid technology, which operates without the use of a conventional automatic transmission.

The new 2018 Accord’s 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo engines will be produced at Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant. The Accord’s CVT transmission will be manufactured at the company’s Russells Point, Ohio plant, and its new 10-speed automatic transmission will be produced in the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia plant. Honda recently announced a US$149m investment in the Russells Point and Tallapoosa plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT and its components in America.

Since its launch in 1976, American car buyers have purchased more than 13 million Accords. Accord is the first vehicle from a Japanese automaker to be made in America and has been in continuous production at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1982, with cumulative U.S. production exceeding 11 million units over 35 years of U.S. manufacturing.

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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