Released back in 2012, the current Accord is getting old but despite this fact, it recently won the award of one of the best cars in the US. In order to stay at the top of its class, the car is expected to receive a rather large update that will be presented with the 2017 Honda Accord, and we expect it to include a revised powertrain offering, some exterior updates as well as an entirely new interior arrangement.
These changes should allow the car to keep going on a market where cars such as the Mazda6 or the revised Malibu are getting better and better. Just by looking at the offer of competition it is clear that Honda will need to provide awfully lot to maintain one of the top positions in the segment.
2017 Honda Accord Release Date
To be able to keep up with these cars, the new model needs to get a revised running gear which will not necessarily make it more comfortable. We can expect Japanese car maker to certainly make it more enjoyable to drive with the help of more rigid shocks and springs, thicker anti-roll bars and even new tires for the higher end models that will make it better and safer to drive. The new car will likely be released sometime in early 2017, and it should go on the market shortly after as a 2017MY car.
The price is definitely not going to change all that much so expect the upcoming Accord to cost between $23,000 and up to $40,000 for a fully equipped model. Even this is not final, and we did not hear official info from the company we do know that there isn’t much room for price fluctuation.
Regarding design, the 2017 Honda Accord will likely get Honda’s new front-end design which debuted on the Civic concept car. This means the grille will be revised and this time around it will not look like a cheap piece of plastic, but, instead, it will be closer to the modern looks we could see on few other vehicles in the lineup. The headlights will become slightly more aggressive by being more angular while the car’s back end will receive a new and cleaner-looking bumper as well as new LED tail lights. Also, the design of the wheels should be all new across the range.
Inside the cabin, the Accord will continue to be a smart offering and one of the best options so that it will offer a lot of features for its class. As a result, all models will be equipped with at least a medium-sized LCD screen which will support Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay. On top of that, the driving position is expected to be improved with the help of a pair of new seats on the Sport and higher end models. These will also receive heated and ventilated function as an option plus easier to grip heated steering wheel.
Under the hood of the car, we are going to see a lot more changes than on the outside. While the current model comes, in the US, with a 2.4-liter or with a 3.5-liter V6 naturally aspirated engine, the new car is very likely going to move to forced induction in order to become more efficient and easier to drive. This means that the base model will now likely be replaced by a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline four petrol unit that could offer up to 180 horsepower and over 180 lb-ft of torque, similar to the old 2.4-liter unit. This will also get a CVT gearbox as its only offering and front wheel drive.
The higher end model of the 2017 Honda Accord will ditch its V6 in the favor of a smaller 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol engine which first debuted on the new Civic Type R. This unit is expected to provide up to 290 horsepower and over 280 lb-ft of torque which is not only more than the old V6, but it will also allow the car to be more efficient and to be better to drive due to the larger amount of torque available from lower down the rev range. A Type R model has also been expected for some time, but it is unlikely to be offered with this refresh of the car.
Hybrid And Coupe
Entire lineup will be complemented with coupe and hybrid models but these we will save for separate article. What you need to know is that hybrid will be more than competitive with its efficiency figures and that coupe will give much more aggressive body style.