Honda Motor Co. released pictures Wednesday of the all-new, ninth-generation Honda Accord, its contender in the cutthroat midsize-car segment.
Honda said the 2013 Accord that will be unveiled this fall will have a more sculpted exterior than its predecessors, and a more luxurious and sophisticated interior.
The Accord has consistently been a big seller in the midsize car segment dominated by Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry sedan, coming in a strong No. 2 most years.
The segment, amounting for slightly more than a quarter of U.S. light vehicle sales, has grown more competitive in recent years.
All manufacturers have raised their game, producing models like the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Impala, Volkswagen CC and Passat, Hyundai Sonata, Dodge Charger and Buick Regal.
Analyst Rebecca Lindland at IHS Automotive said the new Accord has “a nice, broad stance,” but the style changes from one generation to the next tend to be subtle.
“For Honda, the (premium) Acura brand is where they can push the envelope more,” Lindland said.
The Honda Accord is the company’s best-selling model in the U.S.
The next-generation Accord sedan and coupe offer more cargo space and room for the driver and passengers, although the exterior lengths were trimmed to give both models a sportier look and make them easier to park.
Styling flourishes include a bolder grille and a side crease that flows through the door handles and flares upward toward the rear of the car, Honda said.
In the back, an inward slope where the fenders taper into the trunk and C-pillars conveys a muscular stance from the rear.