Both versions now wear a bold U-shaped grill with a sporty mesh insert for the coupe, while the sedan is fitted with elegant chrome slats. Compared to the model it replaces, the door's upward flares are now more pronounced and stretch all the way to the back to highlight its stronger character as well as the smaller, sleeker door handles. The bold lines and voluptuous curves hugging the trunk and rear bumper give the back a completely new look. And to keep up with the trend, the headlights and taillights are embellished with LEDs, while 10-spoke wheels complete its overall style.
While everyone is supersizing their sedans, the all-new Accord is actually shorter than its predecessor. But with something they call “smart interior packaging,” Honda actually hasn't sacrificed any interior space and instead increased rear legroom and cargo space for both the sedan and coupe. The wheelbase has been shortened as well for easier parking and a sportier drive.
If the specs revealed with the Accord Coupe concept back in January are correct, it should then come with either a new Earth Dreams four-cylinder 2.4L engine with a CVT or a bigger 3.5L V6 mated to a 6-speed auto. We also speculate that it'll come with Honda's i-MID and Econ system that's found in the new Civics and CR-Vs.
Honda hasn't revealed the final specs just yet or what the interior will eventually look like, but I'm sure that it'll be something worth waiting for. With the threat from the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, and the new KIA Optima, Honda won't let itself fall behind the competition.
The all-new Accord will be available in the US by late October, so we're expecting to get our hands on it maybe as early as the first half of 2013. Just don't count on the two-door coupe to find its way into local showrooms.