The Accord used to be Honda’s backbone in North America. And while the CR-V has replaced it—the crossover was the fourth best-selling vehicle in North America last year—the Japanese carmaker isn’t giving up the sedan as Detroit carmakers have. In fact, Honda is currently testing the next-generation Accord, which should come as 2024 model. And this independent rendering builds on the spyshots of the vehicle.
Based on the heavily camouflaged test cars, the rendering showcases an evolution of the current design. Nobody is expecting a styling revolution, given that the current tenth-gen Accord entered production in 2017 (2018MY) and received a facelift for the 2021 model year.
The work, which comes from the digital artist known as Theottle, starts with the current North American Civic, which entered production in 2021—you can find the transition in the video at the bottom of the story.
The nose is dominated by the headlights, with the grille showing a rather laid-back design. The profile shows a moderate amount of surface treatment, while the wraparound taillights seem to brilliantly link the posterior to the quarter panels. The fastback-like silhouette is here to stay and with the trunk sitting considerably higher than the hood, the vehicle has a bit of a dynamic image.
The tech details of the 2024 Accord
The entry-level 1.5-liter turbo-four should get a few mild updates for the generation change. Alas, with the six-speed manual having been removed a few years back, a return doesn’t seem likely, with a continuously variable automatic transmission expected to remain standard.
The current model can also be had with a 2.0-liter turbo-four that’s basically a detuned version of the Civic Type R engine, making 252 hp in the Accord.
However, Honda has stated that it plans to seriously upgrade the hybrid for the next-generation model (this currently offers 212 hp by mixing the said engine with two electric motors). As such, the said gas-only 2.0L turbo may be removed, which would be unfortunate for spirited driving fans—here’s a drag race of the range-toping Accord, Acura TLX Type S and Kia Stinger GT.
Speaking of which, there’s been no hint on Honda adding an AWD option to the Accord, even though multiple competitors, such as the Kia K5, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry, are now available with AWD.
As mentioned, the next-gen Honda Accord is expected to land in the U.S. next year, as a 2024 model. We should meet the next-gen CR-V first, as this should land as a 2023 vehicle. And this will allow us to get a taste of the interior the Accord will use. However, based on what the Civic has to offer, you can expect a tablet-style central infotainment system, along with a sleek industrial design for the dashboard air vents.
Meanwhile, keep in mind that is gas-electric powertrain is a big deal. For one, the hybrid setup will also be offered on the CR-V and the Civic, with the carmaker planning for these gas-electric models to account for around half the sales.