Spied! 2008 Accord
I don't see much of the Fusion NEARLY as much as I do the old Saturn L-Series in both the front and rear ends. I also see a little Lexus cues as well. What does this all mean? B-O-R-I-N-G! The slightly distinctive styling of the existing Accord turns into everything else on the road. And I thought Honda was trying to make their styling more appealing...Everyone sees different styling cues on the sedan, from the Ford Fusion in the grille and front clip to the Hyundai Sonata around the C-pillar. Others think they see the BMW 5 Series throughout. You decide.[/b]
No surprise here.Underhood, the V6 in both coupe and sedan likely will be a 3.5-liter (a 3.2-liter V6 is also possible) with horsepower in the 270-275 range. EX models will get Honda’s second-generation variable cylinder management technology, which deactivates three of the six cylinders when cruising for increased fuel mileage. The first-gen VCM is in the current Accord hybrid. The other engine will be a 2.4-liter four making 170 to 180 hp.[/b]
That's dumb. I'd think a 4-cylinder would benefit from a 6-speed stick more than a V6 would. Why short-change the 4-cylinder?Five-speed automatics likely will be available in all Accords, while the V6 models will get the option of six-speed manuals, and the fours will get five-speed manual transmissions.[/b]
My verdict: Definitely evolutionary, but I'm not impressed, not at all.