Honda is planning to launch its Plug-In Hybrid sequel to the Accord family by 2013. The auto maker unveiled the Accord Coupe Concept, a two-door version of a car , which the company feels will help the company bounce back from problems of 2011, when the earthquake in Japan and the floods in Thailand disrupted production.
The hybrid model will be available only as a sedan variant, and although Honda hasn’t released details about the powertrain, the automaker did say it will have an electric range of 10 to 15 miles.
It will use a lithium-ion battery pack that can be fully charged in four hours from a 120-volt outlet and in 90 minutes from a 240-volt charger.
Drivers will be able to choose between all-electric and hybrid driving modes to balance fuel economy and performance. In the all-electric setting, it will have a top speed of 62 mph.
Despite the changes in the exterior, the interior space is expected to remain about the same. The Accord is known for safety, and drivers can expect updated features to be available, such as warning systems to detect potential collisions and notify that the car is drifting from its lane.
The concept version on display is sleeker than the current version. The front bumper is highlighted by a revised honeycomb grille and deeply set headlights. The concept version is displayed with 20-inch, five-spoke wheels, a trunk lid spoiler and large exhausts integrated into the bumper.
The new Accord will face tough scrutiny from mid-size car buyers, especially with the updated Fusion going on sale as well asToyota’s mainstay Camry.