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2018 Honda Accord hybrid Available by late April

Honda has just released details of the hybrid version of the 2018 Honda Accord that will soon be launched, less than a year after the new generation of the sedan was introduced.

The hybrid Accord will be powered first of all by an Atkinson-cycle 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, as well as by two electric motors. Combined power output should be 212 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque. Fuel consumption, whether city or highway, will hover between 5L and 5.1L/100 km for an official rating of 5.1L.

The powertrain will work in three different modes: 100% electric, hybrid (electric motor and thermal power feeding the generator) and gasoline-engine. The model will also benefit from energy recovery technology via deceleration selectors on the steering wheel. These paddles allow the driver to modulate the performance level of the regenerative braking according to four different parameters.

So how is this version different than the “regular” Accord version? For starters, the hybrid Accord benefits from a power supply that is 32% smaller in comparison with the older-generation Accord. This system now sits under the flooring and not in the trunk. This avoids impacting on cargo space, and the car even is able to accommodate a 60/40 split fold-down rear bench.

The hybrid version of the Accord will come in two iterations: hybrid and Touring hybrid. The former starts at $33,090, the latter at $39,790.