Honda Middle East launched one of their most successful brand in Dubai at the St. Regis Polo Club. The launch was of the 10th generation Honda Accord. It now comes in a fastback architecture and with forced induction 1.5T and a 2.0T, the latter a de-tuned version of the new Civic type R
All New 2018 Honda Accord Makes Dramatic Entry to Dubai
A little bit of the Accord’s History
First introduced in 1976, the Honda Accord is the second longest-running automotive nameplate in Honda’s history, after the Honda Civic. The Accord was the first automobile from a Japanese automaker to be manufactured in America and has been in continuous production at the company’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1, 1982, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Total global Accord production exceeds 17.5 million units. In 1987, Accord became the first U.S-made automobile from a Japanese automaker to be exported overseas (Accord Sedan to Taiwan).
The New 2018 Accord
The 2018 Accord is the 10th generation of Honda’s perennially best-selling midsize sedan. All new from the ground up, the new Accord is built on a new platform with a lower, wider stance, a lighter and more rigid unibody structure; a lighter and more sophisticated chassis; two advanced new power units, including Accord’s first-ever turbocharged engines, a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda designers and engineers sought to convey “absolute confidence” in every element of design and performance. Building on the bedrock character of Accord – its outstanding quality, fuel efficiency, packaging and sophisticated driving dynamics – they have imbued the 10th-generation Accord with a new level of emotional appeal and premium quality; an Accord that defies its mainstream midsize sedan status, providing even more refined and engaging performance, a more spacious and upscale interior, and the latest generation of advanced Honda safety and driver-assistive technologies. In summary, the most dramatically styled, premium and fun-to-drive Accord yet.
Virtually everything on the Accord is new and re-engineered. Major new engineering features and technologies for the 10th-generation Accord redesign are as follows:
- Laser-brazed roof skin
- Rear crush zones with Softzone technology
- First use of structural adhesives in Accord
- First application of acoustic spray foam to Accord
- Lighter (10 Kg, body-in-white), and more rigid (+24 percent torsional stiffness, +32 percent bending stiffness)
- Multi-link rear suspension with floating sub-frame
- Two-Mode Driving System (Sport trims)
- Dual-pinion, variable-ratio electronic power steering
- Electronic Brake Booster (EBB)
- Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Automatic Brake Hold
- Six percent lighter chassis (excluding tires and wheels)
- Three new alloy wheel designs (17” and 18”)
- 1.5-liter direct-injected VTEC® Turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC)
- Available 2.0-liter direct-injected VTEC® Turbo with dual VTC
- Available 10-speed automatic transmission
Packaging and Design
In re-imagining Accord, designers first established the fundamental packaging strategy. Consistent with the “Man Maximum-Machine Minimum (MM)” design philosophy that underpins all Honda designs, the team shrunk the Accord’s footprint while expanding its interior space, at the same time creating more premium and athletic proportions and stance. The move to 4-cylinder engines across the lineup is a key component of this approach, allowing a shorter engine bay while also reducing weight and improving dynamic performance. The new Accord has a longer wheelbase (+55 mm), a lower overall height (-15 mm), a wider body (+10 mm) and a shortened overall length (-15 mm). A sweeping greenhouse, positioned farther back on the body, completes the new stance and proportion of the next-generation Accord.
The combined effect of these changes is a more premium look, highlighted by shorter overhangs, a bold front fascia, a long and low hood, and a visual center of gravity moved closer to the rear wheels. Viewed head-on, the new Accord’s greenhouse also angles in more sharply from the window sills to the roof, further emphasizing the wide lower body, while inside the cabin the seats have been moved slightly inward, which contributes to improved hip, shoulder and head room while enhancing occupants’ freedom of movement. In addition, the longer wheelbase allowed designers to move the second-row seats substantially rearward, giving Accord 48 mm of added rear legroom. Overall passenger volume is increased by 70 liters (LX trim) and trunk space, at 473 liters on all models and trims, is up 25 liters on 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter models. Elegant and modern exterior detailing compliments the Accord’s new, more dynamic design. The bold and upright front fascia is highlighted by Honda’s signature chrome wing front grille positioned above a large main air intake and flanked by available 9-lamp full-LED headlights and LED fog lights. The chiseled hood features a distinctive and aggressive raised center, and the deeply sculpted body sides enhance the visual length and strength of the lower body. A new laser brazing process that joins the roof to the body side panels creates a clean exterior appearance with no need for a garnish over the rain channels. The similarly low and wide rear view is finished off with an upswept decklid, distinctive LED light-pipe taillights and available integrated dual exhaust ports.
2018 Honda Accord | Powertrain
The 10th generation 2018 Accord takes an entirely new approach to performance with its two new direct-injected VTEC® Turbo 4-cylinder engines with dual VTC – a 1.5-liter 16-valve inline-4 and a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC inline-4. Both new turbocharged engines produce peak torque across a broad range of engine speed (RPM), delivering smooth and virtually lag-free power for exceptional throttle response and power delivery in all driving conditions. The 1.5-liter turbo is mated to a Honda continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with G-Shift Control. The new 2.0-liter turbo, sharing much of its design with the 2017 Civic Type-R engine, is mated to a smooth, responsive Honda-designed 10-speed automatic, the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car. The two new automatic transmissions take greater advantage of available torque while maximizing quietness and efficiency during highway cruising. The redesigned CVT has an 11-percent lower ratio compared to the previous generation version for more powerful launch performance, while the new 10AT is 9kg lighter, with a 43-percent lower first gear and a 17-percent taller top gear compared to the previous generation Accord’s 6-speed automatic.
Turbocharged 1.5-Liter In-Line 4 Cylinder
The new DOHC 1.5-liter engine in the Accord is a further evolution of the powerplant first introduced in the 2016 Civic With direct injection, a low-inertia Mono scroll turbo with electric waste-gate and dual Variable Timing Control (VTC), the turbocharged powerplant delivers more horsepower and torque than before.
Power output is increased in part by a new “4-into-2” exhaust manifold that improves the flow of exhaust gas to the turbo (see below). Peak output of 148kw (198hp) at 5,500 rpm and 260 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, compared to 141kw (189 hp) at 6,400 rpm and 247 Nm of torque at 3,900 rpm on the previous Accord’s normally aspirated 2.4-liter engine.
Turbocharged 2.0-Liter In-Line 4 Cylinder
Assembled in Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts, the Accord’s available DOHC 2.0-liter engine shares much of its design with the race-bred 2017 Civic Type R and has the highest torque ever offered in an Accord. Compared to the 2.0-liter turbo in the Civic Type R, the Accord’s 2.0-liter engine uses a turbocharger with a smaller, low-inertia turbine for improved low-rpm boost response. With a maximum of 20.8 psi of boost, the Accord’s 2.0-liter powerplant peak output is 184kw (247hp) at 6,500 rpm and 370 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm.
With peak torque available at a much lower engine rpm, responsiveness and acceleration is notably enhanced. The 2.0-liter turbo also offers much broader power delivery, holding a torque advantage over the V6 that spans the entire operating range between 1200 and 4800 rpm – the engine rpm range that is typically used the most.
10-Speed Automatic Transmission (10AT)
Accord 2.0-liter models are available with a new, Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT), the first of its kind in the Accord’s segment. Engineered for high efficiency with low internal inertia and an exceptionally wide ratio range, the 10AT maximizes the Accord’s performance and fuel efficiency. Compared to the previous 6-speed automatic, the 10AT is 9kg. lighter and has a 68 percent wider overall ratio range with a 43 percent lower first gear and a 17 percent taller top gear. The 10AT is designed to be lightweight and compact. It features four planetary gear sets that work together to provide an exceptionally wide ratio spread of 10.139:1 compared to 6.041:1 on the previous-generation Accord’s 6-speed unit. The 10-speed also has substantially faster upshift and downshift performance than the previous generation 6-speed transmission. For greater responsiveness, the 10-speed transmission can make 4-gear direct downshifts: from 10th to 6th, or from 7th to 3rd. To maximize fuel efficiency and minimize interior noise, the transmission’s 10th gear is exceptionally tall, resulting in quiet and relaxed cruising rpm.
Shift-By-Wire Gear Selector
In the 2018 Accord with 10-speed automatic transmission, the conventional shift lever is replaced with a fully electronic, shift-by-wire gear selector. Park, Neutral and Drive are selected with the push of a button. Reverse is selected by pulling back a dedicated switch. Indicator lights on or next to the buttons indicate the mode selected. As an added safety feature, if the vehicle is brought to a stop in Drive or Reverse, the system will automatically select Park if the driver’s seatbelt is unbuckled and the driver’s door is opened. A steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter system lets the driver take manual control of transmission gear selection.
2018 Honda Accord | Body and Exterior
In its evolution to becoming a more premium, sophisticated and aspirational sedan, the all-new 10th-generation Accord adopts a stronger, lighter and significantly more rigid body. Its lower and wider exterior proportions express a more premium and athletic stance, accentuated by a longer wheelbase and wider track (see Chassis), advanced LED exterior lighting (including available LED headlights and fog lights) and luxurious bright trim. A choice of new 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels (Three wheel designs in total), all contribute to a more confident, youthful and sporty sedan. The next-generation Accord body uses over twice as much super high-strength steel (29 percent) as the previous-generation Accord Sedan – along with the model’s first use of structural adhesives – to increase global bending rigidity by 24 percent, torsional rigidity by 32 percent and floor bending rigidity by 12 percent, which in turn improves all aspects of the vehicle’s dynamic performance. Widespread noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures, including the flagship sedan’s first use of acoustic spray foam insulation, make the 2018 Accord the quietest, most comfortable and efficient Accord yet.
The 2018 Accord has a high level of body sealing to dramatically reduce the levels of noise inside the vehicle. This includes weld seals and other sealers to reduce vibration and the transmission of noise. Altogether, these techniques result in a 43 percent reduction in body leaks, which significantly reduces noise entering the cabin in critical areas. In addition, Acoustic windshield glass (see below), an additional carpet barrier layer, acoustic fabric body undercovers, front and rear acoustic felt fender inner liners, and Active Noise Control (ANC) technology (see the Interior section) further attenuate engine and road noise. Body sealing details include:
- Acoustic spray foam provides extra sound insulation by blocking off hollow pillars, which reduces the transmission of noise from the floor area into the passenger cabin. A first for Accord, it is applied in the base of the A-, B- and C-pillars, as well as in the base of the windshield frame and at the top of the C-pillars.
- Acoustic tape is applied at base of the A-, B- and C-pillars, and a foam stopper is applied to the bottom of the B-pillar. All acoustic tape, and the foam application noted above, is done while the unibody is in its just-manufactured “body-in-white” form – before attachment of key components and assemblies.
- Acoustic hole seals fill open areas inside the door structures, significantly reducing the amount of wind and road noise and vibration that can reach the cabin. The same Thinsulate™ material that is used in the doors is also used to reduce sound transmission through the roof and the body A-pillars (above).
- Air-leak reduction moldings and clips, a first for Accord, are positioned at key locations where the side windows slide into the doors. This helps reduce the possibility of audible air leaks occurring in these locations.
- Triple door sealing utilizes 360-degree molded door seals to reduce wind noise and improve isolation.
- Door gap seals at the rear door edges join the triple-sealed door openings and lower door-edge seals in keeping wind noise from entering the cabin.
- Engine compartment seals include front, side and rear hood seals, and sound-absorbing heat baffles on the hood and beneath the instrument panel.
2018 Honda Accord | Interior
The all-new 2018 Accord boasts a larger, more premium and tech-savvy interior that compliments its elegant new body design and more refined and athletic driving character. The new Accord’s wider body and longer wheelbase contribute to its improved cabin space, most notably an additional 48 mm of rear legroom, as well as an added 70 liters of interior volume, 25 liters of trunk space, despite its shorter, more compact and sporting exterior form, the result of Honda’s packaging expertise and “Man-Maximum, Machine Minimum” design philosophy.
The new cabin is highlighted by a new ultra-low-profile, three-tiered instrument panel, an intricately contoured sport steering wheel, a new color TFT digital driver’s meter and a “floating” 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen (EX and above grades). Meticulous attention to the tactile and visual quality of materials elevates the overall premium feeling of the cabin. The driver and front passenger are also treated to a panoramic view of the road ahead, made possible by the wider body, a lower cowl and newly designed A-pillars that are 20-percent narrower and moved rearward relative to the driver’s seating position.
Ventilated and heated front seats, with memory position (top trims) add additional comfort and convenience
The tech-savvy cabin’s new 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) digital drivers meter offers a wide-array of driver-selectable information displays, while an available new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen features both physical volume and tuning/list-scrolling knobs along with a more intuitive app-based user interface, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, is available from EX and above trims
2.0T Sport model also feature a new 6-inch driver’s head-up display, automatic Bluetooth® phone pairing.
The Accord 2.0T Sport features a head-up display, which utilizes a concave mirror located behind the instrument panel to project a broad range of information on the lower portion of the windshield directly in front of the driver. The driver can adjust the location of the projection (up and down) or turn off the system via switches on the instrument panel.
Display modes can be selected by a steering wheel-mounted thumb dial. Display modes include:
- Speed only
- Tachometer plus speed
- Navigation directions plus speed
- Compass plus speed
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) plus speed
- Pop-up warnings and phone call info
The Accord instrument panel provides important vehicle information and connectivity content via a Driver Information Interface (DII) area of the instrument display positioned centrally in the instrument display. Controls positioned on the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the Driver Information Interface (DII) through multiple screens of information from sources including trip computer, phone, audio, maintenance and more.
Walk Away Door Lock
Included on EX and above trims, the new Walk Away Door Lock feature automatically locks the Accord when the driver leaves the vehicle with the key fob. This hands-free locking capability adds everyday convenience that is especially useful when the driver has his or her hands full or is distracted. In typical use, when all doors are closed and the driver walks away, the Accord will automatically lock when the key holder’s distance from the vehicle exceeds 2m for two seconds or more, and when no other key is detected inside the vehicle. An audible buzzer sounds and the hazard lights flash to confirm that the vehicle has locked. The Walk Away Door Lock feature is programmable, and may be turned on or off as the driver prefers.
Honda Sensing® helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, providing warnings to the driver and, under certain conditions, aiding the driver in avoiding or mitigating the severity of a collision. Honda Sensing is standard on EX-L and 2.0T Sport trims.
Honda Sensing® features include the following:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) including Pedestrian Detection and Head-on Collision Warning
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – Integrated with RDM
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF)
Additional driver assistive features are available on certain trims.
As the driver indicates to change lanes, a clear image is displayed on the Display Audio screen of the passenger side lanes. This helps the driver to change lanes safely and shows the drivers blind spot.
High Beam Support
Using the monocular camera from the Honda Sensing, the system switches from high to low beam automatically when a white or red light source is detected ahead. This reduces driver fatigue and increases safety level.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow allows the driver to set a desired speed and following interval from a vehicle detected ahead, allowing the use of cruise control in light traffic conditions. This significantly reduces the driver stress of driving in traffic. The system uses the millimeter wave radar and monocular camera to continually track the distance to the vehicle detected ahead, and then adjusts the Accord’s speed to maintain the set following interval. A short, medium, long, or extra-long interval can be selected. When required, the Accord automatically brakes using the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) modulator. Integrated Low-Speed Follow extends the automatic following capability to stop-and-go traffic situations down to 0 mph. A visual warning is instead included in the head-up display on the Sport 2.0T trim.
ACC operates in the following ways in the listed circumstances:
- A preceding vehicle is detected in the lane ahead – Decelerates automatically, if required, and then controls the following distance.
- The preceding vehicle slows to a stop – Stops automatically and remains stationary.
- The preceding vehicle accelerates from a stop – Resumes following when the SET or RES switch or accelerator pedal is operated.
- Another vehicle merges in between the Accord and the preceding vehicle – Automatically switches “targets” to the nearest detected preceding vehicle.
- The preceding vehicle exits the lane – ACC system continues at cruise-control speed previously selected by driver 30 to 180kph.
A Driver Information Interface (DII) message and audible warning alert the driver when the ACC function is activated.