Honda Premieres Accord Coupe Concept

Honda Premieres Accord Coupe Concept

2012 Detroit Auto Show

2012 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Honda is previewing the redesigned 2013 Accord Coupe at the Detroit auto show.
  • The 2013 Accord Coupe and Sedan go on sale this fall, while the 2013 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will reach U.S. dealers in about a year.
  • The ninth-generation Accord will feature three all-new powertrains, including a two-motor plug-in hybrid system.

DETROIT — Honda is previewing the redesigned 2013 Accord Coupe in concept form at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, ahead of the car's showroom launch this fall. An all-new 2013 Accord Plug-In Hybrid, in both coupe and sedan versions, will reach U.S. dealers next winter.

The ninth-generation Accord Coupe and companion Accord Sedan will feature three all-new powertrains, including a two-motor plug-in hybrid system and the first U.S. application of a DOHC 2.4-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine.

The new 2.4 GDI engine makes 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque and will be offered with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a new continuously variable automatic. Honda projects an improvement in fuel economy, but did not provide specifics. The current 2.4-liter four in the 2012 Accord makes 177 hp and 161 lb-ft; coupled with a either a five-speed manual or automatic, the engine returns 23 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

The 2013 Accord Coupe and Sedan also will offer a revised 3.5-liter V6 with more horsepower and torque, better fuel economy and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic.

The Accord Plug-In Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, a powerful 120kW electric motor and a continuously variable automatic transmission, as well as a lithium-ion battery pack. In all-electric mode, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid will be able to drive 10-15 miles, at a speed of up to 62 mph. Honda did not provide a range, but said the car will take four hours to fully charge on a 240-volt circuit.

Among the Accord Coupe Concept's visual highlights are a four-side honeycomb grille, deep-set multi-reflector headlamps, deck-lid spoiler and 20-inch machine-finished alloy wheels.

Honda said the 2013 Accord Sedan will weigh less and have a "more compact exterior footprint," including shorter length, while retaining its current interior dimensions.

Among the new safety features on the 2013 Accord are lane departure warning, forward collision warning, rearview back-up camera and LaneWatch blind-spot display. says: More powerful and safer — but not much sexier.

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