The 2024 Honda Accord has been leaked courtesy of a Brazilian patent filing.
Shared by Motor1, the images depict a mid-sized sedan with similar fastback proportions to the current car but with the more conservative design language seen on newer Honda products.
The unusual C-pillar treatment of the current car has been cleaned up, for example, while the prominent chrome garnish linking the headlights has been removed.
Instead, there’s a hexagonal grille with a diamond-patterned insert, in a look not dissimilar to the sixth-generation CR-V revealed today.
The grille is flanked by slim headlights that stretch around the corners of the vehicle.
A single crease runs from the bonnet, through the doors and down to the tail lights.
The latter no longer have a pincer shape, and instead there’s a full-width lighting assembly, interrupted in the middle by a badge, with a look reminiscent of the Audi A7.
While it may seem too soon for a new Accord given the current model was launched in Australia in late 2019, the 10th-generation model first entered production in 2017.
The latest model expected to debut in 2023, though it’s unclear if it’ll come here.
Honda Australia has said it isn’t discontinuing the current, Thai-built Accord like its counterparts in Japan reportedly are, but the mid-sized passenger car segment continues to shrink.
Given we’ll be waiting at least 12 months longer than North America to get the new CR-V, if the 11th-generation Accord does come here we could be waiting until 2024 to see it.
A hybrid model is almost certain to continue.
The current Accord is offered in Australia with a choice of turbocharged 1.5-litre and hybrid 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines, the former with 140kW of power and 260Nm of torque and a CVT and the latter with 158kW and 315Nm and an e-CVT.
A turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder, mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission, is offered in markets like North America, but sadly not Australia. It produces 188kW and 370Nm.
The 10th generation Accord was the first since the 1990s to not be offered with a V6 engine. A manual transmission continued in North America but was recently discontinued due to low demand.
To the end of June, Honda has sold 39 Accords in Australia, putting it last in the mainstream mid-sized passenger car segment behind the Peugeot 508 (86 sales).
In 2021, Honda Australia sold 90 Accords, outselling discontinued models like the Ford Mondeo and Subaru Levorg. Sales were down 45.5 per cent in a segment that, while admittedly well past its glory days, was down 10.4 per cent overall.
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