2023 Honda Accord gives us a taste of its “sleek styling” and built-in Google tech

Honda teased the arrival of the new, 11th-generation Accord today with a series of dark photos and a promise of improved hybrid technology. It also promised to “bring the excitement back to the midsize sedan segment” with the new car.

Honda calls the new sedan “sporty, modern, smart and comfortable” and claims it will have “sleek styling,” which all sounds pretty good. A few teaser images revealed that the car, like other modern Hondas, will have simple and elegant, but also understated styling.

A hexagonal grille dominates the front of the car, while simple, straight DRL lighting signatures are likely to accentuate how low and wide the sedan is. It will no longer have the chrome element of the current Accord, nor will the Civic’s folded nose, which could be a welcome change for many.

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The design is also simplified at the rear. New lighting elements extend almost from side to side, with only a short break in the middle for the Honda emblem. That will be a relatively big change compared to the C-shaped lamps of the 10th generation model.

Both changes were reviewed in July by a patent application filed with the Brazilian government. It showed a black and white rendering of the car, giving a taste of the simplified design at each end, revealing that it will continue in the middle. With no-nonsense, arrow-straight design lines and seemingly low-profile bodywork, the new Accord won’t be burdened by busy styling.

Under the hood, Honda reveals little, but says the 11th-generation Accord will have a “fun-to-drive” hybrid powertrain. Just one of many, the Accord, will be joined by a new CR-V and Civic Hybrid in the near future.

Inside, meanwhile, Honda brags that the Accord will get its largest touchscreen ever. At 12.3 inches wide, the display will sit on top of the dash in much the same way as the existing model. Unlike the existing model, this teaser only features one physical nob (probably a volume nob), along with a power graph for the hybrid powertrain.

The screen will now rely entirely on touch controls, something to be improved through the automaker’s partnership with Google. The Accord will be the first Honda to use the integrated Google built-in “for seamless on-the-go connectivity”.

A glance at the instrument panel suggests that there will be another screen behind the wheel, although Honda has not given us any information about that yet. We’ll have to wait for the car to be fully unveiled next month before we learn more about that, and the many other secrets of the car.

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