Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Honda recalls 1.2M Accords; battery sensors can catch fire

Honda recalls 1.2M Accords; battery sensors can catch fire

The vehicle can also be had with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged version, which replaces a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and makes 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

However, if you think the 2018 Honda Accord's new downsized engines will be boring. The CVT has an 11% lower ratio than the current Accord CVT for "more powerful launch performance", while the 10AT has an overall 68% wider ratio range and 43% lower first gear than the 6AT in current 3.5L Accords.

As senior editor Nelson Ireson learned while testing a prototype in Japan last month, Honda will be also touting a new optional engine and transmission for the 2018 Accord. For other motorists, the 1.5-liter unit can also be had with a CVT, while its larger sibling is offered with a 10-speed automatic, a world first innovation for a front-wheel-drive vehicle.

The design goal was to give the vehicle a more athletic stance with a low and wide body, more raked windshield, short overhang, low hood, large, more angled greenhouse, and narrow roof pillars, as well as sculpted body sides and an upswept decklid. In the back are LED taillights and duel exhaust ports. The driver's seat has 12-way power adjustment and is available with both heating and ventilation.

The infotainment has an 8-inch screen and knobs for both tuning and volume, and the system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

"There have been no reported injuries related to these incidents", the company noted in its statement. In addition to the now requisite Bluetooth pairing, the new model has 4G LTE in-car WiFi.

In today's announcement, Honda revealed the new Accord will be available with either a 1.5-liter or a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the latter sharing much of its design with the engine found in the Civic Type R.

Something Honda confirmed earlier this year, the new generation Honda Accord will be ditching its V6 powerplant completely, in favour of an in-line-four engines.

Those engines will be mated to either a CVT transmission, for the 1.5-liter engine, or Honda's new 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter model has four trims available: Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi, and Touring. The '17 Accord Hybrid, which returned to Honda's lineup after a yearlong hiatus, makes 48 mpg (4.9 L/100 km) combined, short of the 50-mpg (4.7 L/100 km) Prius. The new battery pack is mounted under the floor rather than in the trunk.

Overall, the Accord is between 110 and 176 pounds lighter, depending on specification.

The new Accord is anticipated to offer big changes in technology, fuel economy, style, and auto safety. The Accord will continue to be built in Honda's Marysville, Ohio, facility. That said, we do not expect Honda to stray too much into the Civic zone, but it'll still be a better looking model. There will be new active and passive safety systems in place as well. The package includes automatic emergency braking lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing hasn't been announced, but the new Accord will be available in a number of trim levels.

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