Honda has released first photos and details of the new 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe, ahead of the sedan's 2013 Australian debut.
Previewed in Coupe concept form earlier this year, the new Accord appears virtually unchanged from the concept, but for the usual showcar enhancements making way for production-friendly components.
There are also echoes of the outgoing model in the lines of the new car, with many of the styling cues from the eighth-generation family car (and sporty coupe) morphing into the new shell.
"This car is the most sculpted and the most dynamic Accord yet," Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda said.
"Following Honda's long-held philosophy of 'man maximum, machine minimum,' the beautiful exterior evolved from a focus on interior space and the needs of the people inside it."
There's more than a hint of European inspiration in the character line running from the front wheelarches to the rear lights, but the face is pure Honda, highlighted by slim Accord Euro-like headlights.
The Coupe is almost unchanged from its Detroit showing, with just some minor tweaks in its journey to production-readiness.
The bodies of both new cars are shorter than their predecessors, but Honda says it has worked to increase cabin and boot space with the new range.
Internationally, the new Accord will feature forward-collision and lane-departure warning technology, blind-spot detection and standard reversing-camera.
The overseas ninth-gen Accord will have three new or upgraded engines, including a plug-in hybrid matching a 2.0 litre petrol engine with a 120kW electric motor and 6kW/hr lithium battery pack.
On electric power alone, Honda says the Accord can be driven for up to 24km, at a top speed of 100km/h.
The 2.4 litre four and 3.5 VTEC V6 remain but will boast power and efficiency improvements. The four can be had with 6-speed manuals or Honda's new CVT, while the six can be optioned with a traditional 6-speed auto.
The first Honda Accord, the SJ, debuted in 1976 as a three-door hatchback only. The distinctive four headlight car sold well in the US and also made its mark in Australia, joining the then-rampant Civic.
A four-door sedan followed in 1977 and since then, the Accord has been the mainstay of Honda's range.
The 2013 Accord will be on sale in the US Autumn so we can expect a drip-feed of information for a few weeks yet, including the so-far absent photos of the interior.
Speaking with TMR today, Honda Australia's Melissa Cross confirmed that the all-new Accord will hit Australia in the middle of 2013. Pricing and details will be confirmed closer to launch.
Don't expect the Coupe to join the range, however. For now, the Accord Coupe is built only in left-hand-drive, and Honda has yet to offer any word on plans for a right-hand-drive version.
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