Honda released the new generation of Accord Hybrid this week. The hybrid vehicle looks like it’s the most outstanding line-up so far based on the photos and the details released by Honda. They claim it’s the Front Wheel Drive (FWD) sedan to get a 10-speed transmission.
It has an updated version of the two-motor hybrid system in a completely revamped mid-size design. The new sedan is not only lighter and more rigid but offers a more sophisticated, sleek and athletic design compared to any previous Accord.
The first Accord Hybrid was just released in 2015 but was pulled out from the market in 2016. It was revised in 2017 and the automaker brought the production to Japan which is close to the suppliers. Now, for the 2018 collection, it’s back in its original production place which is in Marysville, Ohio.
The Accord Hybrid comes with five new trim level options compared to last year’s three levels, these are – base hybrid, EX- EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring.
According to Honda, it can run at more than 40 percent thermal efficiency, the highest for any mass-produced Honda engine. It’s also among the highest efficiencies for any hybrid vehicle used in a production car. The Accord Hybrid will most likely target the new 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid, the first mid-size sedan to earn a 50-mpg rating.
A combined rating of 50 mpg rating or more is most probably within reach for the 2018 Accord Hybrid since the 2017 model was rated at 49 mpg city, 47 high way, and 48 mpg combined. However it’s still not yet disclosed but will be released closer to the on-sale date.
Now in its third generation, the two-motor hybrid powertrain is expected to have intensely competitive fuel economy from its 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle. Honda says it will have actual EPA numbers closer to launch in the next few months.
Based on the photos released, the body side panels create a clean appearance with no garnish over the rain channels. The low and wide rear view is aesthetically integrated with an upswept deck, refined LED light-pipe taillights and dual exhaust ports.
It also boasts of a sleek and stylish, first of its class furnishing interiors that has an elegant body design. The design compliments the mainstream Accord status which delivers a high quality and premium feel.
The newly designed leather seats are taller, shoulder bolstering for an improved lateral support. The seat padding has a high-accuracy and memory driven with variable firmness that is comfortable for the driver.
Looking back, Honda released the two-door Insight which is the first hybrid car to hit the mass market in the United States where it won numerous awards and received EPA mileage ratings of 61 mpg city and 70 mpg highway. The sales of hybrid vehicles boosted around the late 90s in United States.
These days, automakers aim to create a more sophisticated look and fuel-efficient cars. The automobile industry seems to move towards a globally efficient and cost-effective vehicle. These are what hybrid and electric cars might be for. Theoretically, diesel-electric hybrids would be even more efficient but hybrid systems and diesel engines combined mean extra cost and have proven to be extremely expensive as of the moment.
While a traditional vehicle gets its power from the engine only, a hybrid vehicle utilizes more than one form of onboard energy. Most often, hybrids use gasoline-burning machines that transmit electric bits to collect and reuse energy that normally goes to waste in standard cars.
Hybrid cars are more fuel-efficient and doesn’t cost so much higher than regular cars that attract most buyers. Some of its other benefits are that it improves fuel economy. Hybrids also have decreased a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission which is beneficial to the environment and conforms to the proposed limits on CO2 emissions. Furthermore, carmakers have another safe way to meet the guidelines of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE).