Honda's redesigned 2018 Accord will follow an industrywide trend of using turbos and advanced transmissions to aid power and performance without sacrificing fuel economy when it goes on sale this fall.
Honda detailed the change in powertrains on the latest Accord on Friday. They includes the nameplate's first-ever turbocharged engine and the elimination of an optional V-6 engine.
The base Accord will use a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.
The previous Accord's optional V-6 engine has been replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's largely the same as the engine in Honda's new Civic Type R.
The upmarket Accord's turbo engine will be paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission -- a first in the industry for a front-wheel-drive car -- or a six-speed manual.
Honda didn't disclose horsepower or estimated fuel economy ratings for any of the new Accord models. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder is used throughout the Honda Civic and CR-V lineup, where it makes as much as 206 hp. The 2.0-liter turbo is very similar to the one in the new Civic Type R where it's tuned for 306 horsepower.
Honda said all of the gasoline models' transmissions and engines used in the Accord will be built in the U.S.