2013 Honda Accord to be Available in Plug-in Hybrid Model

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2013 Honda Accord Coupe Concept

Honda has unveiled the 2013 Accord Coupe concept in at the Detroit Auto Show today, and the most interesting part of the announcement (to me, anyway) was that Honda was aiming for "class-leading fuel economy" for the gas-powered models, and a new two-motor plug-in hybrid drivetrain option for the sedan (not pictured here).

Update December 2012: 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Gets EPA Rating of 115 MPGe, Going on Sale in January 2013.

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Honda Reviving the Accord Hybrid

Here's what we know so far about the 2013 Accord plug-in hybrid (PHEV):

"The 2013 Accord lineup will also feature the first application of a new two-motor plug-in hybrid system to the Accord Sedan. The Honda two-motor hybrid system moves continuously through three modes - all-electric, gasoline-electric and direct-drive - to maximize driving efficiency and fuel economy.

In all-electric mode, the 2013 Accord Plug-In Hybrid will use a 6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and a powerful 120 kW electric motor to achieve an all-electric range of approximately 10-15 miles in city driving scenarios and a top speed of 62 mph. Fully recharging the battery will take less than four hours using a 120-volt, outlet and less than 1.5 hours using a 240-volt charger.

In the gasoline-electric hybrid mode, the Accord is powered by its fuel-efficient 2.0-liter, i-VTEC inline four-cylinder, Atkinson cycle engine, paired with an electric Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT). For more efficient high-speed cruising, the Accord Plug-In Hybrid can engage in a direct-drive mode, in which only the engine drives the front wheels. The Accord Plug-In Hybrid launch next winter."

The base model will feature a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a CVT or a 6-speed manual, and the V6 model will have a displacement of 3.5-liter and get either the 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.

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2013 Honda Accord

All of the 2013 Accord models will feature ECO Assist, a visual feedback mechanism that helps the driver drive as fuel-efficiently as possible.

No word yet on EPA MPG ratings, but with the announcement of the new Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid, the Accord PHEV will have some tough competition...

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