2018 Honda Accord Goes Turbo and loses V-6 in favor

by SpeedLux
2018 Honda Accord camouflaged

Honda revealed that it will change the V-6 at the top of the upcoming year’s Accord’s lineup with a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo-four tuned to provide torque at really low RPMs. It will be coupled with either a manual or a brand-new 10-speed automatic.

That suggests the new, 10th-generation Accord will have three available engines. Joining the 2.0 T, which is a differently tuned version of the engine from the Civic Type R, is going to be the 1.5-liter turbo-four at the bottom of the range coupled with a CVT or a six-speed handbook. A hybrid Accord will contain a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine.

The news was revealed at an event of auto media at Honda’s R&D center in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Honda has constantly gone its own method with transmissions, avoiding planetary gears. The 10-speed automatic breaks with this tradition and consists four planetary gear sets. This will mark the first time a 10-speed transmission has been utilized in a front-drive passenger car, Honda stated in a release.

Few automotive journalists were welcomed to Honda’s R&D center in Utsunomiya, Japan, to drive the brand-new powertrain– inside a camouflaged 2018 Honda Accord prototype. Despite it was a small drive, it seems to be lost against the outbound V-6 engine. And the transmission is an enhancement.

Considerable torque could be felt well below 2,000 RPM, and the 10-speed transmission, with its broader range, helped the Accord leave to quite a quick start. How quick, Honda would not say yet, however Jungi Yamano, Honda’s primary engineer on the task, said the brand-new powertrain would not dissatisfy and would best the V-6 in performance and economy.

“We are confident of that,” he informed.

The 1.5-liter turbo and 2.0-liter turbo engines will be developed at Honda’s Anna, Ohio, plant. The brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission will be developed at the plant in Tallapoosa, Georgia, despite where the Accord is built.

We will know more about 2018 Honda Accord in near future.

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