Ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord unveiled

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Remember the overwhelmingly familiar, ninth-generation 2013 Honda Accord unveiled in the U.S. last month? It has not become any prettier now, but Honda has seen the need to release a bulk of photos to showcase “the most sculpted and the most dynamic Accord yet”, for the pleasure of many U.S. buyers that will still line up for the Accord, if the sales of the current Accord is any gauge.

Powering Honda’s D-segment contender during the car’s launch in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2012 is either a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 185-horsepower and 240 Nm, or a 3.5-litre V6 petrol unit pushing out 278-horsepower and 342 Nm. The Accord 2.4 gets slightly more power, four horses and 7 Nm to be exact, in Sport trim.

More than the improvement in performance is the enhanced efficiency, which comes thanks to technologies like direct injection, the new electric power steering system, and an all-new continuously variable transmission (CVT) reserved for the four-cylinder Accords. Six-speed automatic and manual transmissions are the other options available across the board.