It has already been confirmed that the 2018 Honda Accord will be sharing the same platform as the Honda Civic and now Honda has announced that the former will also be offering Civic’s 1.5T powertrain worth 174hp.
However, the automaker has yet to affirm if this new powertrain will be replacing the current 3.5-liter V6 engine which makes 278 horsepower. Even though the turbo block may have a smaller output, the Accord will be reaping the benefits of a better fuel economy from a smaller engine and architecture.
But, if Honda decides on retaining the V6 engine, it would help the Accord to distinguish itself from the Civic since it is expected to be following many of the Civic’s design elements, as well.
Toyota Camry, Accord’s direct rival, is also slated to replace its current 3.5-liter V6 engine worth 268hp to a new turbo-four.
Just like the Accord, the Camry will be utilizing a new platform known as the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). This has only been used in the Toyota Prius and the upcoming C-HR subcompact crossover, so far.
This lightweight build will aid the Camry in recording better driving dynamics as well as improve its fuel economy standards, as demonstrated by the Prius.
There is one distinct difference between the 2018 Honda Accord and the 2018 Toyota Camry, though. The former will be keeping its six-speed auto and manual transmission whereas the latter is reported to be going for a CVT transmission, instead.