New information on the 2013 Honda Accord is available thanks to one dealership with a “loose lips” marketing strategy that probably has the brand’s higher-ups on edge.
Chapman Honda in Tucson, Ariz. decided that the best way to clear old Accord models was to spill the beans on the new one, saying “We’re confident that drivers will find that the 2013 Accord is a very well-balanced product… whether they’re talking about interior packaging, content of the vehicle, or the fuel economy,” in a release.
We can now confirm that the new Accord will have three engine options including a base DOHC inline four-cylinder with 181 hp and a six-speed manual transmission or Honda’s CVT. For more power, customers can also choose a 3.5-liter V-6 that the dealership says will be more potent and efficient than the current version. Finally, a hybrid with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a 120-kilowatt electric motor will offer an improved hybrid drivetrain.
The hybrid, which will be offered early in 2013, will be able to travel 10 miles in pure EV mode at speeds up to 62 mph. That stands in contrast to industry standard hybrids like the Prius which can’t travel as far on electricity alone and only at slower speeds.
Aside from divulging engine options, Chapman also said the new model will feature lane departure and forward collision warning as well as blind spot monitoring. Interior tech goodies will include bluetooth device pairing, SMS audi text functionality and Pandora radio with an iPhone interface.