Will The 2020 Honda Accord Be Revolutionary?

Before we get too deep, let’s just say that nothing official is known about the 2020 Honda Accord. Yes, there is no doubt that in some dusty corner of one of Honda’s engineering plants, sits a model that is destined to become the 2020 model, but that’s about as far as it goes right now.

The Accord has been around since 1976 – over forty years and counting. It has consistently figured in the top-ranking sales figures of any vehicle and has been the number one Japanese model forever … over fifteen years in the 80’s and 90’s and then again in the ‘00’s – it just isn’t going away. That’s why we know that Honda will already be working on the next-generation model, ready for launch in 2019 – it’s only two years away and re-engineering a complete car takes a long time.

The article we have here is based on some rumors, some insider information, factory knowledge and a little speculation with some ‘nice to have’ features.

Will The 2020 Honda Accord Get Hybrid Power?

Contents

1. Will it get a hybrid power?
2. Composite Materials
3. Still Looks Like Accord
4. New Engineering
5. July 2019 Debut?

Honda CEO, Takahiro Hachigo has already confirmed that the next-generation Accord and CR-V will use a smaller capacity, turbocharged engine, as already seen in the brand-new Civic. This means that power will come from a 1.5 liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine – good enough for 174 BHP. We don’t yet have any torque figures, but they won’t be tree-stump pulling figures. That won’t be so much of an issue for the Accord, but the CR-V will definitely miss that extra low-end grunt.

Having said that, it’s more than likely that the Accord will come with a couple of choices for power, including electric or hybrid – Hachigo also stated that he hopes that two-thirds of all Honda sales will be electric or hybrid power by 2030 (although we would have expected that much sooner to be honest).

Will we see a V6 mill being fitted in the 2020 Accord? It’s possible, although rather unlikely. Honda do like adding in a bit of extra power in to their top-line flagships, and the Accord would benefit hugely from something like this, but unfortunately, manufacturers need to keep one eye on their global emissions, so it could be the fault of the legislation that we don’t get a V6 powerplant. However, 2020 isn’t far enough away to discount it – internal combustion technology is developing daily, but whether that’s fast enough to change habits in just two years is doubtful.

We do know that the transmission will be Honda’s CVT – Constantly Variable Transmission, hopefully updated to remove the annoying glitches that have plagued it for the last 5 years or so.

Composite Materials?

Hachigo has also stated that Honda are looking toward “a new approach to automobile manufacturing”. What this means is anyone’s guess, but we’d like to think that it incorporates the use of modern materials and technology into the build. At one time, the likes of carbon fiber were purely for the exotica, but as manufacturing techniques get easier (and therefore more cost-effective) we see more manufacturers beginning to incorporate it in their vehicles.

Will the 2020 Accord have some sort of composite material used in the construction? We would guess so – as the engines get smaller (yet still quite powerful) and the need for better gas mileage gets stronger, car makers are looking at ways of lowering the weight of the vehicle without compromising the safety or crash structure. We are still some way from having full carbon-composite platforms, but there is no doubt that manufactures like Honda are looking at using composites as an integral part of the chassis or bodywork.

We have seen the shift in material engineering over the years – from regular steel, to high-performance steel (thinner, therefore lighter with the same strength), aluminum and now composite. The 2020 Accord will use some sort of composite / modern material in construction.

The 2020 Honda Accord – Looking Like… The Accord

As for the style of the new Accord, yes it will be different from the current model, but it will still be very recognizably Accord. Getting back to better gas mileage, the shape of the new Accord will be more aerodynamic with less drag. It needs to retain the look from the front – that’s one of the best features about the current generation Accord – so it will have the smart appearance while still giving an air of ‘muscle’, making it look sporty but not aggressive.

No doubt that we’ll see slightly bigger air-intakes – a forced induction motor needs air like nothing else, and possibly a charge-cooling system fitted within that air-stream – pointless in bolting a turbo on if you can only feed it warm air – significant gains can be had by keeping the intake air as cold as possible.

We don’t expect to see many aero bits glued on to the outside – wings and splitters and the like. Any increase in downforce will come from tastefully sculpted panels and bodywork. Wind-resistance (or drag) will be the enemy of any mainstream car manufacturer now, they need to make the cars more sleek and ‘swoopy’ while still retaining aerodynamic efficiency.

New Engineering

Given that Honda will be using a brand-new platform, it stands to reason that the whole mechanical bits will be re-engineered and upgraded. A new suspension system will be designed, that may be intelligent or at least active, giving the best ride-possible for what will no doubt be something quite luxurious.

The key for Honda is to make the lightweight car ride well without being harsh. It’s not a trick that every manufacturer can pull-off – often making the ride way too hard without having the ability to soak up bumps in the road that you’d expect from a regular road-going auto.

July 2019 For a Debut of the 2020 Honda Accord?

As for the pricing … who really knows? The current 2017 Honda Accord starts at just over $24,000 for the base model, and rises to just over $27,000 for the fully-loaded flagship. But that price could change significantly depending on what technology Honda introduce.

But … assuming they want to remain in the same segment, they will need to price accordingly to be competitive. If we add a little for inflation, and for technology, we’d guess that the base model will hit the showroom for around $26,500.

No word of when it will be launched, but we’d guess at July 2019 for debut and production happening around September of the same year.

2017-05-5 by Luke Widmeyer