Honda wants to accentuate the sporting qualities of the next Accord
The new Accord is scheduled to go on sale later this year
One engine variant for the new Accord will be a petrol hybrid
The saloon Accord is shorter than the eighth-generation version
As well as this saloon, the Honda Accord will go on sale as a coupe
The car has shed some weight to help improve the driving dynamics
The ninth-generation Honda Accord has been spied testing in heavily disguised form. The car featured in these images is the saloon variant, which is set to go on sale in the USA later this year.
The finished version is expected to carry some of the styling cues featured on the Accord Coupe Concept unveiled at the Detroit motor show at the start of this year.
The saloon will be more compact than the eighth-generation model, to give it a more sporty stance. Honda hopes the shortened length and reduced weight will also give the 2013 Accord saloon more responsive handling and improved driving dynamics.
The US version of the Accord will get three new powertrains, including the first US application of both a 2.4-litre four-cylinder direct-injected engine and two-motor plug-in hybrid system from Honda's suite of Earth Dreams powertrain technologies.