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Honda releases powertrain info for new Accord

All new sedan bids adieu to V-6, welcomes turbo 4-cylinder engines

Honda Accord 2-litre turbo engine

As Honda prepares for launch of an all-new 2018 Accord later in 2017, the company is releasing information in controlled bits so as not to spoil the surprise completely.

The tenth generation of the perennial best-selling mid-size sedan is promised to be the most fun ever, and to that end, Honda is filling the engine compartment with three powertrains — two turbocharged direct injected 4-cylinder engines, linked to 6-speed manuals or automatics, and the next generation of Honda’s 2-motor hybrid system.

The base engine will be a 1.5-litre DOHC unit with dual variable cam timing. The base transaxle is a 6-speed manual with a continuously variable automatic optional. Higher up in the trim level hierarchy, a 2.0-litre i-VTEC unit will be paired to either the 6-speed or a 10-speed automatic (the first application of 10-gears in a front-drive car). And then there’s the Hybrid model, which Honda promises is the most refined ever.

Although the Hybrid Accord is made in Japan, the other powertrain systems are produced almost exclusively in North America — turbo engines will be produced in Anna, Ohio, the CVT transmission will be manufactured at Russells Point, Ohio, and the new 10-speed automatic will be sourced out of Tallapoosa, Georgia.

“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. “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.”

Powertrain specs will be announced closer to launch date, and expect Honda to release other details on the lower and wider new Accord’s design and technology in the months leading up to the showroom date.

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