Time to say howdy to the all-new 2013 Honda Accord sedan
Japanese automaker Honda has just put out images of the 2013 Accord sedan, the car that is claimed to be one of the most sculpted model ever in the highly successful car line. The all-new 9th generation Honda Accord sedan gets extensive restyling on the exteriors. The front end of the car gets an all-new look with new headlamps with daytime running lights, grille and a new front bumper. Also, the car gets a new rear end with tail lamps seeing a big change. Both the front and rear of the 2013 Accord get sharper than before and this is something most customers could like given that the car manages to look pretty understated even with all these changes.
A new character line runs across the body of the car until the C-pillar, which now assumes a coupe-like shape. The 2013 Accord does bear a resemblance to the Nissan Teana’s roofline, especially the C-pillar section of the car. Honda has reduced the dimensions of the car on the exterior while increasing the room on the interiors, to make for a more compact car. Other details about the 2013 Accord remains unknown at ths point in time, although more information should surface in the coming months. The 2013 Accord sedan is the 9th generation of the car.
Currently, the Accord comes with a choice of petrol engines for most international markets while a 2.2 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine is what the European versions of the car get. In India, Honda sells the Accord with the 2.4 Liter i-VTEC petrol engine mated to an automatic transmission. The car mainly competes with the likes of the 2012 Toyota Camry, the Teana and the Hyundai Sonata Fluidic since these cars come with petrol-only variants. However, rivals like the Volkswagen Passat and the Skoda Superb luxury saloons come with turbodiesel engines and have a better chance of selling strongly in the Indian car market.
After the 2013 Accord makes its debut internationally, expect the car to arrive into India as well. A turbodiesel engine under the hood would do the Accord a world of good in the Indian car market. However, Honda SIEL India has repeatedly emphasized that the 2.2 Liter i-DTEC engine is not suited to run on diesel available in India. So, it still remains unclear whether Honda would rework the engine for the Indian market given the limited volumes at which the Accord sells anyway. Watch this space.