2013 Honda Accord Coupe concept unveiled in Detroit

Honda has unveiled a concept version of the 2013 Accord Coupe at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

According to the Japanese automaker, the concept previews the ninth generation model that will be launched this fall. Notable highlights include a four-sided grille, new headlamps, "crystallized chrome" accents and 20-inch alloy wheels. There's also a dual exhaust system, a trunk-mounted spoiler and newly shaped tail lamps.

While the Coupe will remain similarly sized, the Sedan will feature a more compact exterior footprint with a shortened length that should contribute to "better handling and improved driving dynamics".

Under the hood, three engines will be available. The new 2.4-liter Earth Dreams four-cylinder will produce181 hp and 240 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual or a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The updated 3.5-liter V6 engine will likely produce 310 hp and 359 Nm of torque, connected to a six-speed manual or a new six-speed automatic.

Next, the Accord Plug-in Hybrid will feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine and a 161 hp electric motor fed by a 6 kWh lithium-ion battery, allowing the sedan to travel 10-15 miles (16-24 km) on electricity alone at speeds up to 62 mph (100 km/h). The battery can be fully recharged in less than four hours using a 120V, outlet and less than 1.5 hours using a 240V charger.

In addition, the Accord will offer several safety features such as a lane departure warning system, a forward collision warning system, both of which use a camera mounted behind the windshield, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink phone interface and an SMS text messaging function which can read incoming messages over the speakers.

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