Honda Accord Coupe Concept

Honda Accord Coupe Concept

The ninth-generation Honda Accord is making its presence known at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Referred to as the 2013 Concept, this newest version of Honda's best-selling model aims to over-deliver on quality, design and standard equipment. New technologies and three new powertrains improve fuel economy and boost the fun factor for budget-conscious driving enthusiasts.

TOP STORIES FROM THE DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

For complete coverage, see our Detroit Auto Show page

2013 Honda Accord Concept

Click to enlarge pictureHonda Accord Coupe Concept (© Rick Dole)

Honda Accord Coupe Concept

Click to enlarge pictureHonda Accord Coupe Concept (© Rick Dole)

Honda Accord Coupe Concept

Click to enlarge pictureHonda Accord Coupe Concept (© Rick Dole)

Honda Accord Coupe Concept

What is it? The first official look at the new Honda Accord, originally launched in 1976 but celebrating its 30th year of production in the United States.

What's hot? The new styling cues mark the most muscular, aggressive Accord we've ever seen. Both 4- and 6-cylinder engines feature hybrid technology aiming for best-in-class economy; the direct-injected 4-cylinder gets a bump in power to 181 horses and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Eco Assist button from the CR-Z migrates to all 2013 Accord models as well.

What's not? The abundance of visual assists included in the Accord — blind-spot camera assist, multiangle rearview camera, expanded-view driver's mirror — are safety-conscious, but possibly belie some obstructions in the Accord's new, aggressive design.

How much and when? No word on pricing from Honda, but the company plans on having the 2013 Accord available in showrooms this fall.

MSN Autos' verdict: It has been said that one thing can't be all things to all people. But this new Accord sure does seem to try as hard as it can. From the economy-minded 4-cylinder with its continuously variable transmission to the 6-speed manual V6 model, there's a 2013 Accord for all seasons and reasons. If the exciting new styling translates to the production model, its good looks and abundant amenities should make it a hit.

James Tate cut his teeth in the business as a race team crew member before moving to the editorial side as Senior Editor of Sport Compact Car, and his work has appeared in PopularMechanics, Automobile, MotorTrendand EuropeanCar. When not writing, Tate is usually fantasizing about a vintage Porsche 911.