Honda Accord gets fastback makeover

on Apr19

The tenth-generation Accord, pictured while testing, will switch to the same modular platform as the current Honda Civic and CR-V. Photo credit: BRIAN WILLIAMS/SPIEDBILDE

Honda’s next-generation Accord sedan and its fastback profile are coming into focus thanks to new spy shots taken in Colorado.

Camouflaged test mules of Honda’s venerable midsize sedan show a more sloping roofline than the outgoing ninth-generation Accord. Also visible is a front grille and headlight design not unlike the current Civic and the recent Clarity lineup of green vehicles.

An LED daytime light signature light strip is tucked into headlights that appear to have the same all-LED pattern as the Civic Touring.

The tenth-generation Accord will switch to the same modular platform as the current Civic and CR-V. Look for Honda to use its recent 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine on most Accord variants; the V-6 model could also be dropped in favor of a turbocharged four, though it’s likely Honda would need to use its 2.0-liter unit in this case.

The 2018 Accord should breathe new life into a midsize sedan segment surprisingly devoid of many new or redesigned models. U.S. sales in the segment dropped 21 percent in the first quarter, and Chevy’s Malibu is the only recent overhauled model in the segment. Toyota’s redesigned Camry will be the next, followed shortly by this Accord, which is expected to debut before the fall.

Though U.S. car sales are declining throughout the industry, the Accord still remains a key player in Honda’s lineup. Last year it sold 345,225 copies, behind only the Civic and the CR-V. Sales of the Accord fell 9.4 percent in the first quarter.

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