The Honda Accord sedan is a leader in the family sedan market, and is one of the go-to benchmarks for other manufacturers looking to enter the marketplace. Just check out competitors like the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and perennial rival Toyota Camry to see how often the Accord is used as a comparison.
That comparison is going to change soon, as Honda announced today that it will debut a concept version of the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show next month. As Honda is want to do, there are scant details on the coupe, which is scheduled to debut on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012. Experience has shown us, though, that Honda’s concepts are usually thinly veiled production models. We definitely expect both the concept to showcase one or more of Honda’s “Earth Dreams” drivetrain technologies which include:
- Continuously variable (CVT) and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions
- Direct injection
- Hybrid models utilizing two electric motors instead of the current one motor
- All-wheel drive with independent electric motors for the rear wheels for better fuel economy
Automotive.com’s take: Honda tends to play catchup with the rest of the auto industry. For example, it continues to use five-speed automatic transmissions when most of its major rivals have switched to six speeds. We have yet to hear any response from Honda against the Ford MyFord Sync or Toyota Entune infotainment systems. On the other hand, Honda’s technology tends to be top notch in its field, especially its engines. Honda is also the only major automaker still selling a coupe version of its sedan, a testimony to its popularity decades after its debut. Still, there’s a lot riding on the 2013 Honda Accord, and we’re eager to get a first glimpse.
What are your expectations of the 2013 Accord coupe? More eye-catching design? Even more technology? Let us know in the comments below.