The upcoming Camry fighter will don Honda's new corporate look.
After endless teasers and an unfortunate leak, Honda finally lifted the lid on its all-new CR-V. The fresh new styling has gone down a treat, with many commenting favorably on the imposing front end and more upmarket exterior. It seems these styling elements will make their way to the new Accord, with patent images uncovering what the new Camry rival will look like when it arrives shortly.
Uncovered by Motor1, drawings filed with the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property show the new Accord will adopt Honda's new grille treatment. The squared-off egg-crate grille lends the sedate sedan much-needed presence and does away with the chrome-heavy item which adorns the current generation's front end.
The sportier-looking grille is flanked by two sleek headlights which are reminiscent of contemporary Acura models. The hood shut line no longer extends to the clusters and stops short of the front end. The bumper itself looks more restrained and eschews the superfluous design details found on the tenth generation.
Viewed from the side, the upcoming Accord has abandoned the curious concave design flourish worn by the 2022 model. It looks far more subdued and civilized than before, but things are enlivened by the boomerang-like quarter window shape and the fastback roofline. While the rest of the vehicle is unmistakably Honda, the rear borrows heavily from a certain German luxury car.
The upcoming Accord design bears a striking resemblance to the Audi A7; not only are the taillights and lightbar a similar shape but the design of the trunk and rear window have definitely been influenced by Ingolstadt. The rear bumper's integrated reflectors mark this out as something else, but we can't imagine Audi will be happy with Honda copying its homework. Perhaps when the vehicle arrives, additional styling elements will set it apart from the aforementioned luxury sedan.
While handsome, the upcoming Accord hasn't moved the bar much (in terms of design) when compared to the current version. We'd go so far as to say the 2022 model is more distinctive. We'll reserve our final judgments once Honda reveals the all-new Accord. The Japanese automaker hasn't announced any details regarding the new model, but we assume it will be unveiled before the end of the year.
We can expect the 11th generation of the enduring sedan to receive the CR-V's latest hybrid technology, but we sincerely hope the Accord receives slightly more power than its high-riding sibling. As a reminder, the entry-level 2022 Accord gains motivation from a turbocharged 192-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder. The 2.0-liter turbo affords more muscle, with 252 hp on tap and, lastly, the Hybrid derivative boasts a combined output of 212 hp.
We wouldn't be surprised if the redesigned model retains these engines; the new CR-V carries the existing powertrains over, but with some refinements.