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The Honda 2018 Accord will feature new powertrains. — AFP picThe Honda 2018 Accord will feature new powertrains. — AFP picTOKYO, June 13 — The all-new 10th-generation of the Honda Accord, set to launch this year, will feature new powertrains as well as a reworked appearance.

Billed as the most stylish and fun-to-drive Accord ever, the completely redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will be launched later this year. The Accord has been a legendary and well-loved model all across the globe over its 40+ years, but it’s in the US where it really does dominate its segment. The Accord is the United State’s best-selling midsize sedan, and that’s some achievement in a segment where competition is incredibly fierce thanks to the likes of the Ford Fusion, the Toyota Camry and plenty of other excellent contenders. The Accord has now been discontinued in Europe, just as Toyota did with the Camry many years ago, but this all-new 2018 model could potentially see it reappear at some point.

The current ninth-generation Accord has been tweaked and facelifted for some time now, but the 2018 model will be a completely new car from the ground up. The new model will have a more aggressive stance and proportion than any of its predecessors, and there’s also going to be an exciting lineup of advanced new powertrains.

There will be three powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains in the tenth-generation Accord in the US, which will include a pair of direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder engines and a next-generation version of the Japanese automaker’s two-motor hybrid. The two turbocharged engines will offer a choice between a new ten-speed automatic transmission and a sporty six-speed manual gearbox.

Jeff Conrad, the senior vice president and general manager of America Honda Motor Co, Inc., said of the new model, “With these three advanced new powertrains, the tenth-generation Accord will be the most fun-to-drive, refined and fuel-efficient Accord yet. Just as the new Honda Civic injected new energy into the compact car segment, we expect this all-new 2018 Accord will make people rethink the midsize sedan.”

There’s no official word about the Accord making a potential comeback in Europe, but if the tenth-generation is a huge success in North America, it may be too tempting for Honda to resist, especially with the hybrid. — AFP-Relaxnews

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