Honda to offer an Accord with a cord

The 2013 Accord will offer a choice of three new powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid system for the Sedan.

 

Honda’s Accord Coupe Concept, unveiled Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show, offers a look at the next generation of this automotive superstar, which has sold over 11 million units in the US since its launch in 1976. The 2013 Accord will offer a choice of three new powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid system for the Accord Sedan.

The 2013 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will feature a 6-kWh lithium-ion battery, a 120-kW electric motor and a 2.0-liter i-VTEC inline four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine. In all-electric mode, it will have a range of about 10-15 miles and a top speed of 62 mph. The new PHEV is set to launch next winter.

Like its peers, the new Accord incorporates some very futuristic safety and connectivity features. Plain old mirrors seem to be going the way of the rumble seat – the new Accords sport a rearview back-up camera, a passenger-side mirror camera to eliminate blind spots, and yet another camera behind the windshield that lets the car warn its driver if it drifts out of its lane or is in danger of a collision. Naturally there’s a color touchscreen dashboard display, as well as a Bluetooth hands-free phone interface and an SMS text-to-speech function – no more excuses for texting and driving.

"Marking the 30th anniversary of U.S. production, this new ninth-generation Accord will raise the bar again through a tour de force of new Honda powertrain and safety technologies, geared to ensure that Honda and the Accord continue to lead in fuel economy, safety and fun-to-drive performance," said Honda VP John Mendel.

 

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