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Following a preview last month, Honda has officially unveiled the 2018 Accord.

Set to go on sale this fall, the redesigned sedan has a unique front fascia with a prominent grille that sits above a large lower air intake. The model also has a sculpted hood, a sportier roofline, and uniquely shaped windows behind the rear doors. Out back, the Accord features an integrated rear spoiler, LED taillights, and a dual exhaust system with chrome accents.

The exterior styling will likely prove polarizing but the cabin is different story as it features high quality materials and an upscale design. Once seated behind the three-spoke steering wheel, drivers will find a new soft-touch instrument panel, chrome accents, and an 8-inch Display Audio system with physical knobs for tuning and volume.

Elsewhere, Honda installed more deeply padded arm rests and improved seats with taller shoulder bolstering for additional support. Rear seat passengers will be grateful for the car's longer wheelbase which results in nearly two inches of extra rear seat legroom.

A variety of options will be available including heated and ventilated front seats as well as 6-inch head-up display. Other highlights include a wireless smartphone charger and 4G LTE connectivity.

Entry-level models will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 192 hp (143 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.

The Accord will also be available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 252 hp (187 kW) and 273 lb-ft (369 Nm) of torque. A six-speed manual is available on Sport variants but most models will come with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Buyers looking for something more eco-friendly can check out the Accord Hybrid which features a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine and two electric motors. Performance specifications will be announced closer to launch but Honda says the powertrain offers "improved power delivery with no compromise to interior or cargo space."

All Accords will benefit from a lighter and more rigid body structure which uses ultra-high-strength steel. This enables the model to weigh between 110-176 lbs (49.9-79.8 kg) less than its predecessor.

On the handling front, the 2018 Accord has been equipped with a new MacPherson strut front suspension and a more compact rear multi-link setup. Other highlights include an adaptive damper system and a lower center of gravity.


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