2013 Honda Accord Coupe concept unveiled [video]

A look into the future

Honda has unveiled the 2013 Accord Coupe concept at the North American International Auto Show.

Looking eerily familiar, the concept previews the next-generation model that will be launched this fall. Notable highlights include a honeycomb grille, "crystallized chrome" accents and 20-inch alloy wheels. There's also a dual exhaust system, a trunk-mounted spoiler and LED-infused headlights.

While the production coupe will be about the same size as today's model, the sedan will be slightly smaller. It will also be lighter for "more responsive handling and improved driving dynamics."

Under the hood, the 2013 Accord will offer three engines. The new 2.4-liter Earth Dreams four-cylinder will produce more than 181 hp (135 kW / 184 PS) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. It can be paired to a six-speed manual or a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Next up, the Accord Plug-in Hybrid will feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine, a 161 hp (120 kW / 163 PS) electric motor, a 6 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT). This will enable the sedan to travel 10-15 miles (16-24 km) on electricity alone at speeds up to 62 mph (100 km/h). When the battery is depleted, it can be fully recharged in less than four hours using a 120V outlet or less than 1.5 hours using a 240V outlet.

There will also be an updated 3.5-liter V6 engine which will likely produce 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS) and 265 lb-ft (359 Nm) of torque. It can be connected to a six-speed manual or a new six-speed automatic.

In the tech department, the Accord will offer a lane departure warning system, a forward collision warning system and a blind-spot monitor. Other goodies include a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and an SMS text messaging function which can read incoming messages over the speakers.

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: Honda

Honda Unveils 2013 Accord Coupe Concept

All-new Accord will feature next-generation powertrain technologies, class-leading fuel economy plus innovative safety and technology features

01/10/2012 - DETROIT
Honda unveiled the dynamic Accord Coupe Concept today at the North American International Auto Show, providing the first official glimpse of the athletic styling direction, as well as revealing a host of new technologies for the all-new, ninth-generation 2013 model, set to go on-sale this fall.

The 2013 Accord will feature three all-new powertrains, including the first U.S. application of both a 2.4-liter direct-injected engine and two-motor plug-in hybrid system from Honda's suite of next-generation Earth DreamsTM powertrain technologies. In addition, the V-6 Accord will be the first Honda sedan to feature a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Both the Accord Sedan and the Accord Coupe models are expected to achieve class-leading fuel economy ratings and will be available with a number of innovative new safety and technological features.

"Marking the 30th anniversary of U.S. production, this new ninth-generation Accord will raise the bar again through a tour de force of new Honda powertrain and safety technologies, geared to ensure that Honda and the Accord continue to lead in fuel economy, safety and fun-to-drive performance," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda.

Design and Packaging

The Accord Coupe Concept features an athletic styling direction for Honda's best-selling model. The front bumper's dynamic lines are highlighted by a revised four-sided honeycomb grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights. Lower fog-light spoilers are accented by crystallized chrome inlays.

The Accord Coupe Concept's 20-inch, machine-finished, 5-spoke wheels contribute to its solid stance. The rear taillights aggressively sweep into the body, while a trunk -lid spoiler and large exhaust finishers integrated into the bumper underscore the Accord Coupe Concept's muscular exterior.

While the Accord Coupe will remain similarly sized, the Accord Sedan will feature a more compact exterior footprint, adding to its sportier appearance. A shortened length and reduced weight will also give the 2013 Accord Sedan more responsive handling and improved driving dynamics. Both the 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe will retain the current model's generous cabin space.

Advanced and Efficient Powertrains

The Accord will offer three all-new powertrains for the 2013 model year. The Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe will be the first models in the U.S. to receive the new Earth Dreams 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC® four-cylinder engine featuring direct- injection (DI). The engine will be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission or a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which utilizes an innovative cooperative control system for excellent acceleration and responsive shifting. The all-new 2.4-liter DI engine generates significant performance improvements compared to the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine it replaces, producing more than 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. In addition to an overall improvement in fuel economy compared to the 2012 model, the new four-cylinder-equipped 2013 Accord models are targeted to deliver class-leading fuel economy1.

The 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe will also be offered with a re-engineered 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine, paired to a new 6-speed automatic transmission or an available 6-speed manual transmission. The new V-6 engine generates an increase in horsepower and torque over the current model. The 2013 Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe models equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission will utilize Honda Variable Cylinder Management TM (VCMTM) technology and are targeted to achieve class-leading fuel economy1 along with an overall improvement in fuel economy compared to the outgoing model.

The 2013 Accord lineup will also feature the first application of a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system to the Accord Sedan. The Honda two-motor hybrid system moves continuously through three modes - all-electric, gasoline-electric and direct-drive - to maximize driving efficiency and fuel economy.

In all-electric mode, the 2013 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will use a 6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a powerful 120 kW electric motor to achieve an all-electric range of approximately 10-15 miles in city driving scenarios and a top speed of 62 mph. Fully recharging the battery will take less than four hours using a 120-volt, outlet and less than 1.5 hours using a 240-volt charger.

In the gasoline-electric hybrid mode, the Accord is powered by its fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, i-VTEC inline four-cylinder, Atkinson cycle engine, paired with an electric Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT). For more efficient high-speed cruising, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid can engage in a direct-drive mode, in which only the engine drives the front wheels. The Accord Plug-In Hybrid launch next winter.

All 2013 Accord models will incorporate the Honda ECO AssistTM system, an innovative technology that can enhance efficient vehicle operation at the touch of a button, while also providing visual feedback to the driver to promote and confirm a more efficient driving style.

Safety and Technological Innovations

The 2013 Accord will introduce numerous new features for enhanced driver safety, visibility and security. The new Accord will be available with Honda's first application of Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW) technology. Both systems use a camera mounted behind the windshield to alert drivers if the car is moving out of its lane or to warn drivers of a potential collision in front of them.

The 2013 Accord is targeted to earn top scores in both the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety2 (IIHS) vehicle evaluations.

Additionally, the Accord will be equipped with several new technologies to help improve the driver's visibility around the vehicle. The Accord will be the first model to receive the Honda-exclusive LaneWatchTM blind-spot display, which uses a camera system mounted on the passenger mirror for an enhanced view of the passenger-side roadway. The Accord will also receive a rearview back-up camera and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror as standard equipment.

The Accord has always been an exceptional value and the 2013 model will offer more standard equipment compared to the current model, including new advanced technology features. High-tech features that will be found on all 2013 Accord models include Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink® phone interface, a full-color intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) and an SMS text messaging function, which can read received texts from compatible cell phones aloud over the audio system. Another standard feature and first for the Accord is the introduction of a Pandora® Internet Radio interface4, compatible with the Apple® iPhone®, which works with the vehicle's audio controls and i-MID.

Sales, Accolades and Manufacturing History

The Honda Accord, currently in its eighth generation, is one of Honda's best-selling vehicles worldwide and remains one of the top-selling automobiles in the U.S. The Accord was launched in 1976 with subsequent major re-designs in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2003 and 2008. More than 11 million Accords have been sold in the U.S. since 1976.

Since its introduction nearly 36 years ago, the Accord has been honored for its quality, reliability and superior drivability. Car and Driver magazine has awarded the Honda Accord its prestigious and highly competitive annual '10Best Cars' award a record 26 times. No other vehicle in the award's history has been honored as frequently as the Accord. The Accord was also recognized for the highest initial quality in the mid-size sedan segment in the 2011 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey.

In 2012, Honda will celebrate 30 years of Accord production in the U.S. The first Accord Sedan rolled off the Marysville, Ohio assembly line on November 1, 1982 and was the first Japanese-nameplate car assembled in the U.S. Since then, more than eight million Accords have been produced5 at Honda's first U.S. auto plant in Marysville, Ohio. More about Honda in America is available at http://www.hondainamerica.com.

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jimmy-joe jimmy-joe
Personally, I think the new Accord looks great, especially the new dash. http://www.hondasacuras.com/2012/06/more-images-of-2013-accord-interior.html
Jul 19th, 2012 7:35pm
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Porfect Porfect
What is HONDA thinking???? It looks like the current generation Accord coupe with a body kit. Good luck passing this off to the public. Didn't they learn anything from the 2012 Civic debacle?
Jan 18th, 2012 1:41am
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dpisco dpisco
Looks like a 3rd facelift to me. The roof line/trunk looks extremely similar to the current model. IMO the front end looks a lot more classic accord to me which looks very nice (aside from the giant chrome cubes for fog lights). overall though, boring design, not much different. same 'ol reliable Honda.
Jan 11th, 2012 6:27am
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Jerry Wright Jerry Wright
Wow! Im Now Sad for Honda! I was hoping to see something more eye catching! This look like the last body just with bigger Led fog lights and exhaust tips. I could have done this myself. YEP I see the Koreans Crushing You!! Watch out they are pushing the Design elements and so Should YOU!! HONDA DESIGN!! FIRE THEM NOW ALL OF THEM !!! THIS IS JUST FOUL!!! LET ME DESIGN ONE FOR YOU!!!!
Jan 11th, 2012 3:01am
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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
What I find interesting is that Honda _has_ decided to incorporate a CVT automatic with the new Accord powered by the new 181 bhp I-4 engine that uses "Earth Dreams Technology" on the US-market model. It should be noted that Honda is probably the second largest metal-belt CVT manufacturer in the world; only JATCO (which I belive is 80% owned by Nissan) makes more metal-belt CVT's, which explains why many Nissan models sold in the USA have CVT's for their automatics. The only reason why we don't see Honda-made CVT's on Honda cars is the fact many JDM Honda models come with the CVT as standard.
Jan 11th, 2012 2:30am
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RobERob RobERob
Well said! Honda, specifically the Accord, has always maintained an ultra conservative approach when designing their cars; this is nothing new (except for the excessive, and unneeded, use of chrome here). Same can be said with Camry. So it should be no surprise, or let down, when seeing only slight changes in a new model. What most here do not understand is that there is a difference between being your average consumer who doesn't want something that looks like a poor mans Cadillac vs the sports car fan/enthusiast who want something that stands out in a crowd. To the later, if you want a true sports car you're looking in the wrong direction; although performance wise you probably couldn't tell. In the end, the people writing the checks are the majority who want these type of "boring" cars. Those affordable brands (specifically Korean models) that push the design front do not age well nor have the demand/resale value "boring Honda's" have 4... 5... 6 years down the road.
Jan 11th, 2012 2:19am
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garl garl
i thought that was the old one
Jan 10th, 2012 11:56pm
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If you observe you’ll see Honda’s classic look in the front, imo better than the 8th generation. Honda was never meant to be “exciting”, they are sensible cars, but as usual production model would be toned down.
Jan 10th, 2012 11:51pm
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PeterContomanolis PeterContomanolis
What happened to hondas design dept., were they fired? They have become what GM was in the 80's, designed by beancounters. Another boring honda, a shame..
Jan 10th, 2012 11:28pm
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flamedeath10 flamedeath10
Again, people blasting the car for "appearance." A 310 HP V6. NO car in its class has even 300 HP. And why does appearance matter? The only time you'll see the car is when you're walking towards it. Once you're inside, you won't see it again until you leave. Appearance isn't everything. Cars like the Sonata and Optima are relying on looks because that's all they have. Yes, the cars currently are solid, but no one knows that because the previous models were rubbish. The Accord isn't rubbish. And that is known. Which is why the Accord is one of the benchmark midsize cars in terms of quality and driveability. The Accord doesn't need to look spectacular. And the looks. They honestly aren't that bad. They're definitely better than the 8th gen. And the car isn't trying hard to copy anyone/anything. (Looking at the Ford Fusion with the Aston Martin grille, and the redesigned Genesis coupe with the GT-R front end.)
Jan 10th, 2012 11:18pm
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magnem magnem
yea you are right design is important but soul of way of drive and engine is more important
Jan 17th, 2012 4:52pm
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
This is not a concept WCF, I've seen this car on the streets for a decade now. Astonishing how Japanese manufacturers slap a little chrome on the car and call it a new model (or even different brand Acura, Lexus, Infiniti) - and everyone falls for it.
Jan 10th, 2012 10:24pm
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danteskov danteskov
Ugly as all the new Honda's out there.... Honda really needs to hire an entire new design team... because this is really going to give hype to the american brands...
Jan 10th, 2012 9:17pm
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Porfect Porfect
I totally agree with you. HONDA needs to FIRE the ENTIRE design department!!!
Jan 18th, 2012 1:45am
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NYyanks NYyanks
*sighhhhhhhh* i'm glad for my Acura, but goddammit honda! why can't you make monumental designs that will blow the minds of consumers?? Today, in 2012, in order to compete, you must keep up with the times. The specs are without a doubt, bulletproof as usual and have been advancing, but the cosmetic importance of today's Honda's are just not doing it. Come on Honda, you can do better.....i hope.
Jan 10th, 2012 8:54pm
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Siawa Siawa
Specs are all great n stuff but If only they can make exciting looking cars.
Jan 10th, 2012 7:20pm
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Speedoholic Speedoholic
The design would've made sense... back in 2000. What is wrong with your design department Honda?
Jan 10th, 2012 7:06pm
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eddie eddie
The plug in version sounds awesome. $4 plus gas is just around the corner. Honda has always been conservative with their styling but there is enough here to satisfy most.
Jan 10th, 2012 6:54pm
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lilsumo lilsumo
still looks borin
Jan 10th, 2012 6:49pm
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