The first spy shots of the 2013 Honda Accord have been captured, and by all indications, fans of the current Accord sedan will like what they see when the car is officially unveiled later this summer.
The 2013 Honda Accord will be an evolutionary step, in that the basic suspension and structure of the car aren’t expected to change much. In fact, to our eyes, the windows and roofline look nearly identical to the current Honda Accord sedan. The heavy black camouflage hides the majority of the changes, but not so well that we can’t make a few educated guesses. The lack of bulges indicates that many of the current Accord’s more controversial styling cues—specifically, its bug-eyed headlights and fog light bumper projections—both appear to be absent, giving the car a smoother appearance. We can also see a projector-style headlight peeking out from under the camo, an indication that the sleeker headlights of the Honda Accord Coupe Concept may make their way, in some form, to the sedan. Unlike the coupe, however, the sedan appears to retain some sort of bar-type grille design between the headlights. To us, it looks as if the front-end styling will split the difference between the Accord Coupe Concept and the 2013 Honda Crosstour, which was updated at the New York Auto Show.
One area where we’ll see major changes to the 2013 Honda Accord is what’s under the hood. Honda has already given us plenty to chew on here. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine will still be in the lineup, but it will ditch the current five-speed automatic for a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), similar to what’s used in many Nissan products. The 3.5-liter V-6 will also remain, but now with a six-speed automatic transmission. Both engines are expected to significantly increase fuel economy in this tough segment, critical if the Accord is to maintain its preeminence against upstart vehicles like the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata, as well as its long-time rivals, the Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. Later, Honda will release a plug-in hybrid version of the Accord equipped with two electric motors, which the company says can power the big sedan solely on electricity for up to 15 miles.
The importance of a new Accord can’t be underestimated. This is one of Honda’s bread-and-butter cars, and considering the scrutiny and criticism the redesigned Civic got when it debuted last year, all eyes will be on how the 2013 Honda Accord stacks up. Check out the gallery below to see how it compares to the Coupe and Crosstour concepts, and to the current-generation sedan, then head over to Motor Trend for a gallery of spy photos.
Source: Motor Trend