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As economical and comfortable as it was, the Honda Accord Hybrid introduced back in 2014 wasnít exactly exciting to drive.
It drove like, well, a hybrid sedan, with about the only feedback to speak of was coming from driversí pocketbooks as they cruised past gas station after gas station thanks to a ridiculously low combined fuel consumption rating of 47 mpg. And then it went away, discontinued after the 2015 model year as Honda shifted production of the electrified sedan from Ohio to Japan. But now itís back, and Honda hopes it has injected a little bit of fun into the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid on the road to reclaiming the title of class leader in efficiency.
While the packaging is fundamentally the same this time around, the Accord Hybridís powertrain has received a fairly extensive overhaul for 2017. The gas engine, a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder, is essentially unchanged from the previous car, though output has been increased slightly to 143 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque. It also features a Honda-first exhaust heat recovery system that aims to improve efficiency on short trips by warming the engineís coolant more quickly, boosting operational temperature and reducing internal friction.
The 2018 Honda Accord will grow in size, just like the Honda Civic.
Spy photographers have caught the 2018 Honda Accord prototype testing and it appears that the new Accord will take some styling cues from the new-generation Civic. Although it is heavily camouflaged, there are visible hints that the Accord will have a sleeker body, but a more angular design language than the Civic, most noticeably up front. Underpinning the new Accord will be a larger version of the architecture used on the Civic and the next-generation CR-V. Hondaís platform is similar to Volkswagenís versatile MQB modular architecture, which helps the automaker cut costs thanks to economies of scale.
Expect to see the 2018 Honda Accord make its debut sometime next year, powered by more fuel-efficient engines. If you canít wait, however, Honda has just introduced the all-new 2017 Honda AccordHybrid that delivers a total system output of 212 horsepower while returning 49 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.
Spy photographers have caught the next-generation Honda Civic Si testing for the first time with barely any camouflage.
The Honda Civic Si prototype spied can be seen with the same large center mounted exhaust as seen on the bright green concept that debuted on the concept last spring. There is still some black camouflage covering up the coupeís front and rear bumpers, which are sure to be much more aggressive than the standard Civic. You can actually see the outline of an aggressive front fascia similar to the concept poking out from the camouflage.
When it arrives, the Honda Civic Si should be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rumored to have anywhere from 220 to 230 horsepower. The engine is said to be a turned-down version of the one powering the Civic Type R that hasnít yet made it to North America. Of course, a slick six-speed manual will be standard, but itís not sure whether or not Honda will offer it with an automatic. The Honda Civic Si has been sold exclusively with three pedals so far.
The upcoming Si is expected to use some carbon fiber to slash some weight, get an upgraded suspension, more aggressive wheels, and have racing-style seats. The 2017 Honda Civic Si is expected to hit showrooms this time next year, but we can expect the production version to debut either at this fallís L.A. Auto Show or at the Detroit Auto Show early next year.
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