2018 Honda Accord Previewed, Drops V6 In Favor Of Type R Turbo Engine

Honda has released the first details about the 2018 Accord and it’s going turbo.

Set to go on sale later this year, the redesigned model is “new-from-the-ground-up” and promises to have a more aggressive stance than any previous Accord.

The camouflaged photo doesn’t reveal much but Honda confirmed the car will be offered with three different powertrains including two turbocharged four-cylinder engines and a two-motor hybrid system.

The entry-level engine will be a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder which will likely be lifted from the Civic and CR-V. If our assumption is correct, the engine could produce 174 hp (129 kW) and 162 lb-ft (219 Nm) of torque. Regardless of the final numbers, the engine will be offered with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.

Customers will also be able to purchase an Accord with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine related to the unit used in the new Civic Type R. There’s no word on performance figures but the company confirmed it can be paired to either a six-speed manual or an all-new ten-speed automatic transmission which was developed in-house. The latter gearbox means the 2018 Accord will become the first front-wheel drive car to be offered with a ten-speed automatic.

Lastly, the Accord will be offered with a next-generation two-motor hybrid system. Little is known about it but Honda says the powertrain is all-new and even more refined than before. It will also be able to operate without the use of a conventional automatic transmission.


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  • WG

    The styling of the Accord looking at these shots is like a toned-down, but bigger Civic. On the other hand, the 2018 Camry has more of an agressive stance and it looks good, probably the best looking Toyota in years, imo.

    • matrem

      I saw one in person on 101 the other day and it honestly just looked like contrite aggression on very boring bones.

    • baofe

      The thing about Toyota’s design language is that they are overstyled. In a few years time it would look super dated. Accord/Civic goes for a more subdued look. Also “best looking Toyota” is not really a high bar to surpass.

      • Kenneth

        The Civic goes for a more subdued look?!! Which 2017 Civic are you referring to?

        • baofe

          the civic sedan trims like lx/ex/ex-t/ex-l/touring. You know, the one 90% of people actually buy.

      • Infinite1

        Agreed. Toyota trying to re-appeal back to a certain fan base is a bit late in the game after a long hiatus from the performance line, the 86 wasn’t the car they thought it would be with the terrible decisions they made on it peeformance-wise. Their only saving grace is that the MKV Supra lives up to its moniker of the last four generations, imo.

    • roy

      Well the best looking Toyota is the CHR right ?

    • D83

      Toyota Camry looks more aggresive, O Rly??

  • William

    Marks the death of the V6 🙁

    • Infinite1

      I was thinking the same thing but it did not have to be that way. They can make a twin or single turbo V or inline 6. The potential power that an inline four makes along with it’s efficiently is what car makers strive for, I believe. For enthusiasts like us, we like the performance, but it also takes away from the likes of a V6. Toyota is claiming that they will continue to use a V6 in their cars and Lexus lines though…

    • Honda NSX-R

      I hope at least the Acuras keep them.

    • D83

      V6/I6 will be slowly decreased, they can produce similar HP to Turbocharged I4, but far-worse Fuel Efficiency. The only thing that still looking strong is V8

  • Mark S

    AWD and a high riding Wagon please, it would fit nicely between the CRV and the Pilot.

    • WG

      revival of the Crosstour you mean? 😉

      • M. Mark Stippich

        NO I Mean a proper 2 box high Wagon that isn’t couped out like an egg.

    • elportonative77

      My perfect Honda Accord would be something like the Arteon; a four door fastback with fully collapsing rear seats. Honda reliability, familiar driving qualities of a mid-size sedan, spacious rear legroom, and cavernous cargo capacity. Why would any daily driver need a crossover if such a car existed?

    • Evan M

      I would deeply favor a Civic AWD

  • VRR2536

    Sounds like they may be getting the message and offering premium models sans CVT. CVTs are super successful at extracting the last ounce of soul from the driving experience (imho) 🙂

  • onion

    Will it be available in europe?

  • Craig

    It’s wonderful to see that Honda isn’t giving up on the manual transmission. The 2.0 turbo 4 with the 6-speed sounds like it might be fun.

    • Honda NSX-R

      I’m betting that the 2.0T and 6 speed manual combo are only available with the coupe.

      • Craig

        Sadly… you’re probably right.

  • Tex

    Another homerun from Honda. All they need is to stop changing the grille every year.

  • Kagan

    Good if they stick to manuals on the more powerful models and hopefully to handbrake sticker!

  • Imjus Sayin

    So Honda will offer an Accord Type R? Sweet…300 hp 290 torque…add SHAWD, give it a reasonable price and subtle looks ( the aftermarket can offer body kits ) for those who need to stand out. Coupe Type R and sedan SiR. Welcome back Honda, what took so long?

  • Shobin Drogan

    Euro R or GTFO

  • Infinite1

    I’m so glad that Honda is keeping the manual transmission alive for us enthusiasts. If the New Supra isn’t what the fans been wanting after all these years, I will definitely pick up an accord with the more power turbo four and a manual. I would like to see a future turbo six in Honda’s line though.

    • JimmyK

      Well it definitely won’t be what we have been waiting for,sadly.See what happened with the new NSX…

      • Infinite1

        There are people who like the new NSX and are people who don’t. I think it’s a pretty nice car, I couldn’t afford it and the hybrid V6 isn’t for everyone either. I think that the Accord has a larger fan base than the NSX since it’s been around a lot longer. The current NSX is the second generation after an 11 year hiatus so the fan base were for the first gen. The Accord is on it’s 9th generation and when this one debuts, it will be the 10th. Over the generations, loyal owners will still buy the Accord not to mention that it does not have a base price of $156k so it’s also more affordable to own and enjoy. Just my opinion though.

        Now, Honda killing off the V6 for the Accord may not be ideal for people but I don’t think that it’ll be killed of indefinitely. They will more than likely work on a turbo 6 in the future and return it back to the line. For now, it’s going to be the Type R variant, it may not feel or sound the same like the current 6. Hell, I can’t hear the V6 of my fiance’s Accord anyhow but I do like the feel of the engine when I floor it.

  • Benjamin B.

    Expect a detuned version.

  • Blade t

    Another N/A engine going to dissappear….

  • MarketAndChurch

    Wouldn’t be surprised if this tops the Camry, and I haven’t even seen how the final results will look like.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Now that the Accord will have a turbo 4 instead of a V6, I’m assuming it won’t be as front-end heavy like the current V6 Accord, but I’ll miss that engine for sure.

  • pureworx

    if only the accord was returning to the uk.. was a sad day when they pulled the plug on a excellent car.. we were sold the Acura TSX as the honda accord.

    they need to create a global platform for the accord and reintroduce it to europe/uk.. much loved and missed model, way better than a bmw 3 or audi a4.

  • jtothada

    I just want a sport back like the a7, and buick regal

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