Intrepid spy photographers have caught the 2013 Honda Accord sedan and coupe testing in the Arizona desert. And psychedelic camera-fooling paint scheme aside, we can deduce that the Accord is going to be an evolutionary design, albeit one that injects a little more style into the storied nameplate.
Up front, the headlights get a little more three-dimensional, with an oh-so-trendy LED strip underneath. The bumper cutout is wider as well, styled more in line with the Accord Coupe. But most interestingly is the round bulb on the lower bumper, to the left—could active cruise control be coming to the humble Accord?
The side of the 2013 Honda Accord Sedan is far more aggressively sculpted than the current model. Check out that character line, up by the door handles, and how deep it’s cut. The line down by the bottom of the doors carries an upsweep that’s far more dramatic in the front shots. The windshield is more raked, but at the same time the rear roofline extends further back; it preserves passenger space but looks more exciting at the same time. If an Accord sedan could ever look exciting, we dare Honda to show us.
For the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe we’re not surprised to see much of the look of the Accord Coupe Concept from this year’s Detroit Auto Show to carry over—coupe and sedan alike. Take away the oversized wheels, LED light strips from the bumper and the throngs milling about in back, and the 2013 Honda Accord Coupe’s spy shots indicate that it will look just like the concept. Especially in front with that wraparound grille and LED-infused headlights. The line on the side ends right around the door handles and rear fender, which is where another line begins on the concept. And in back, the taillights will be a similar shape and size to the current one.
What we don’t see, however, is the aggressive front-end styling that we saw on the plug-in hybrid version of the 2013 Honda Accord last week. It’s possible that Honda is saving that particular look for the plug in; it’s also possible that the car we saw wasn’t destined for the U.S. market, although we’d be surprised if that was the case, seeing as how it was on local streets in Torrance, Calif.
Remember: evolution, not revolution. With the current Accord still a decent buy, there’s no reason for Honda to do anything else.