The document is a VIN decoder guide for the all-new Accord Hybrid, which will go on sale next year. It reveals the 2018 Accord Hybrid will be available in four trim levels: base model Accord Hybrid, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Hybrid Touring. This is in contrast to some other automakers, which treat the hybrid or electric version of a vehicle as an entirely separate trim level.
Interestingly, the decoder guide featured some info n on the vehicle’s powertrain as well. The new Accord Hybrid is expected to arrive with a developed version of Honda’s two-motor hybrid system that appeared in the outgoing Accord Plug-In Hybrid. Its performance statistics can be seen below:
Additionally, the 2018 Accord Hybrid isn’t listed as a plug-in hybrid in the NHTSA document, but rather a “Strong Hybrid.” This indicates the next electrified Accord will revert from a plug-in hybrid setup to a standard hybrid powertrain, likely so as to not step on the toes of the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid. The document also lists the vehicle as having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,001 to 5,000 lbs.
AutoGuide.com will have more information on this surprisingly powerful hybrid four-door following its debut in 2018.
Updated: A version of this story indicated the motors may make a combined power output, but Honda’s two-motor system delivers two different outputs at different speeds instead of using a standard transmission. The article has been updated to reflect this.
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