Honda Unveils New Accord Ahead Of Fall Debut

By Brandon Turkus

August 09, 2012

We’re scheduled to drive the all-new Honda Accord in just a few short weeks, but until we see it in person, these new images, released by Honda, are our best look at the brand’s new bread-and-butter sedan (and coupe).
Like the Civic and CR-V, the Accord was previewed as a thinly veiled concept car. Also like the Civic and CR-V, the end product bore a striking resemblance to the concept.
If you are looking at your screen and thinking “that’s not a 2013, it’s a 2012,” you’re not alone. The styling changes are subtle at best. Revised front and rear fascias, along with new head and taillights and a sharper character line are the primary changes. We haven’t seen any interior images yes.
The Coupe sees a similar subtle restyling, although it is slightly more aggressive. The headlights are thinner and more purposeful, while it gets enlarged taillights, just like the sedan. The front and rear bumpers have been revised, with new front foglight surrounds up front, and tweaked reflector housings in the back. Overall, the tweaks are far more evolutionary than revolutionary, but both coupe and sedan look quite handsome, if reserved.
We’ll have more on the 2013 Honda Accord in the coming weeks, including a first look and a full first drive.
Please scroll down for the official press release from Honda.
All-New 2013 Honda Accord Will Debut with Premium and Sophisticated Exterior Styling
Most sculpted Accord ever is bigger on the inside and smaller on the outside
Honda today revealed the first images of the much anticipated all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe, set to go on sale this fall. The most sculpted Accord ever delivers an even more spacious and luxurious passenger cabin wrapped in an upscale, sophisticated exterior designed to stand the test of time.
The 2013 Accord's styling is expressive, sophisticated and premium. Starting in the front, a bold new grille imparts a distinctive and dynamic tension that complements the powerful look of the hood's multiple styling lines. A strong side character line flows through the door handles and flares upward toward the rear of the vehicle to further convey a sense of motion. A deep contour in the rocker panel firmly grounds its visual presence to the road and smartly turns upward to convey a sporty attitude. In the back, the inward slope where the fenders taper into the trunk and C-pillars is designed to convey a powerful, athletic stance from the rear.
True to the spirit of Honda and every Accord before it, the ninth-generation embraces a customer focus from the inside out. Smart interior packaging allows for increased passenger and cargo space in both the sedan and the coupe, while the overall exterior lengths are noticeably shortened, contributing to a sportier driving character and easier parking. An expansive greenhouse and generous rear seating area provide excellent levels of visibility and comfort for the driver and all passengers.
"This car is the most sculpted and the most dynamic Accord yet," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. "Following Honda's long-held philosophy of 'man maximum, machine minimum,' the beautiful exterior evolved from a focus on interior space and the needs of the people inside it."
On the road, an overall aerodynamic shape combined with low-drag exterior surfaces including nearly flush windshield glass, flush-mounted windshield wipers and careful under-body tailoring promise enhanced fuel efficiency. Premium details like available LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights hint at the sophisticated technology and luxury available inside.
More information about the all-new 2013 Accord will be revealed later this fall.