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The calendar might have just flipped over to a new year, but that doesn’t mean that auto show fever is subsiding anytime soon, especially since the 2012 North American International Auto Show just opened its doors. Many automakers are on hand to show off their newest concepts and production models, including Honda and their first preview version of the ninth-generation 2013 model set to go on-sale in Fall 2012. The Honda Accord Coupe Concept shows off a new exterior and interior design, as well as a choice of three all-new powertrains, including the first U.S. application of both a 2.4-liter direct-injected engine and two-motor plug-in hybrid system.

At the front of the new Accord will be a revised four-sided honeycomb grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights, lower fog-light spoilers accented by crystallized chrome inlays, a trunk -lid spoiler, and larger exhaust finishers integrated into the bumper.

"Marking the 30th anniversary of U.S. production, this new ninth-generation Accord will raise the bar again through a tour de force of new Honda powertrain and safety technologies, geared to ensure that Honda and the Accord continue to lead in fuel economy, safety and fun-to-drive performance," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Honda Accord Coupe Concept.

Exterior and Interior

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The Accord Coupe Concept features a new front exterior design language defined by a revised four-sided honeycomb grille and deeply set multi-reflector headlights. There are also lower fog-light spoilers accented by crystallized chrome inlays and new 20", machine-finished, 5-spoke wheels that contribute to its solid stance. At the rear of the vehicle, Honda has placed new rear taillights that aggressively sweep into the body, a trunk -lid spoiler, and larger exhaust finishers integrated into the bumper.

The sedan version will be built on a shortened length and will weigh less for more responsive handling and improved driving dynamics.


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The 2013 Accord will be offered with a choice of three engines, including a new Earth Dreams 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder engine featuring direct- injection (DI) combined with a 6-speed manual transmission or a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). There will also be a new 2.4-liter DI engine that produces more than 181 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque.

The top version will be offered with a re-engineered 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine, paired to a new 6-speed automatic transmission or an available 6-speed manual transmission.

As a first for the Accord model, Honda will be offering a hybrid version that will feature a two-motor hybrid system that moves continuously through three modes - all-electric, gasoline-electric, and direct-drive.

When can I buy one?

The ninth generation Honda Accord will go on sale in Fall 2012. Prices will be announced at a later date.


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The list of competitors for the Accord will still be the Toyota Camry and the Kia Optima. The Camry is offered with two engine options - a revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 3.5-liter V6 engine - with power ranging from 178 HP to 268 HP. The Optima will be offered with three different engines: a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder with 200 hp, a 2.0-liter GDI V6 turbo engine that delivers 274 hp, and a 2.4-liter hybrid.

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  (596) posted on 03.1.2012

This is an ideal concept for most people, so they should definitely make this. Certainly, the enhanced exterior is an attraction. The cool features are a plus, also the mode of preference for its engine.

  (374) posted on 02.24.2012

I like the style made here, merely to its accessories and front headlights. I look elegant in red and trendy too, well anyone can fit to this look. How I wish I can afford to buy this kind of car this year.

  (428) posted on 02.14.2012

This car looks more aerodynamic and good-looking than the past inventions of them. I hope that they should keep on doing great design and many features as much as he can. I’ll keep a posted with this.

  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

Honda improved this car’s appearance compared to earlier versions of Accord Coupe Concept. Now it has three engine options, and the features really impressed me.

  (472) posted on 01.26.2012

it’s pretty good that Honda is now aware in the trending concept of cars. The lining and the platform is good. The bumper looks like it was decorated with diamonds.

  (441) posted on 01.19.2012

What is with the wheels of this car? It is not that amazing for me. Anyway, the list of the features included on the package of this coupe is pretty impressive and cool as well.

  (242) posted on 01.16.2012

Look at those wheels! That is a lovely wheels!! Haha. Compared to its competitors, I would definitely pick Honda, it looks more sophisticated specially on its headlights. smiley

  (296) posted on 01.13.2012

Another great concept car from Honda. I love seeing cars from them ruling the streets. Haha. This one is stunning on its red body paint. Good thing that this is a three engine option. smiley

  (119) posted on 01.12.2012

I think this car is more agressive looking than the current version. It looks more agressive and sporty. so unfortunate its just a concept.

  (445) posted on 01.12.2012

The whole package of this Honda coupe is really amazing. With that stunning red body paint, I am sure that this is gonna be a head turner. I love the wheels also for I found it unique and exquisite. Too bad that this is just a concept no and if ever there will be a production date, I am sure that it’ll cost a fortune.

  (194) posted on 01.12.2012

Whew! Another dream car on my list! Hahaha. This concept is pretty amazing, and I am really hoping to see this on market. I think the price will be on $40,000 and up. For a car like this, everyone will be excited.

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