There is no way to overstate how crucial the new Accord launch is to Honda's future. After some recent missteps, from the launch of the dowdy and unloved Crosstour to the yawn-inducing 2012 Civic, and with new competition mounting from Ford, Hyundai and Kia, Honda clearly needs a winner in its redesigned midsize sedan.

While we already know that Honda will be introducing a continuously variable transmission and a new Sport trim in the 2013 Accord, now we've finally got some images of the car. Unfortunately, the vehicle is heavily cloaked, but we can still see a few details. On the lower grille there appears to be a honeycomb mesh similar to what was seen on the Accord Coupe concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show this year, while the horizontal slats on the upper grille resemble those on the facelifted Crosstour.

The big question, however, is just what size the new Accord will come in. The current model had grown from being a medium midsize sedan to a smallish large sedan, and of course, a few generations back, the car was actually a compact. While it's hard to say with just these images for reference, it appears that the next-gen Accord is unlikely to change dimensionally.

Further reinforcing that belief is that we hear direct injection will be added to both the Accord's four- and six-cylinder engines, which, along with that CVT, should allow Honda to boast of improved fuel economy without downsizing. Not to mention that the new-for-2012 Toyota Camry didn't get any smaller, and Honda certainly isn't going to be the first Japanese carmaker to blink on that all-important comparison.

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      I hope it actually looks decent. I've held on to my 2006 Accord for a while now and want to stay with Honda. I am ready for a new one, but if Honda botches this Accord I will probably just jump to Acura and get a TSX before it goes bye bye (which in my opinion is probably one of the last "good looking" vehicles from the Honda corp on sale now). Alright Honda...don't mess this up.
        • 3 Years Ago
        i test drove a tsx not too long ago, it was an used one. Althought the extorier looks way better than any current gen acura/honda, the interior quality is terrible. The speakers can be blown easily,( the rear passenger side was slightly blown if you turn the volume all the way up on the test car), and there been numerous complains about rim cracking because of cheap material by owners. To be honest, i think the old TSX felt sportier and quicker, however from a number stand point the new 1 is better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Proportionally, it looks pretty similar than the current model. Too early to judge, though. Based upon Honda's current new offerings, I can't imagine there will be any significant styling changes. The Accord is a big seller, and Honda is not going take any chances.
        • 3 Years Ago
        At the same time, however, Honda will have to truly differentiate this model from the last generation. In such a competitive segment, they can't afford to be seen sitting on their hands. Otherwise, it'll be the '12 Civic redesign debacle all over again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some people are really complaining and counting this car out. What is it they see that I don't? Cause nothing can really be seen from this camo can we really judge it??? I'll at least wait until some of the camo comes off.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay 6MT. And I'm almost positive that it was said that this car would be smaller.
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      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't forget about the new Earth Dreams technology.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Parked next to the 2012 Camry, this is going to look like a 5-series. The side profile and rear seem well-done; let's hope the front is equally as understated and that they keep the overhangs and fender gaps in control.
      • 3 Years Ago
      not that you can see much of the car, but I believe the pic in this link is also of the 2013 accord
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      Alvin Lee, what Honda facility do you work for? I work at the engine plan in Anna Ohio and I am the project leader for the 2.4L Direct Injected 4 cyl head, so you heard wrong. The DI V6 is Acura only, for now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I stopped reading after the first paragraph. The Author Jeff called the Honda a mid size. I figure there must be more errors in the article. I bought a generation 8 Accord because it is a full size.
      • 3 Years Ago
      2013 Accord will be shorter: Looks like Honda "blinked". Thankfully.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yet another big sedan.
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