Look what our spies stumbled upon the other evening in Los Angeles: It's the 2013 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, sans cladding. While these night shots aren't the best quality, we have yet to see any more revealing images of the next-generation Honda family sedan.

Forget for a minute that this Accord is clearly the plug-in hybrid variant – you can tell by the extra fuel filler door on the front fender – and just check out the grille and those headlights. Look familiar? It should, unless you missed the Honda Concept C at the recent Beijing Motor Show.

We're glad to see that its more aggressive front fascia has been applied nearly lock, stock, and smoking barrel to the Accord. (Is there any Honda that more needs this shot in the arm?) But it does raise some questions about the first set of 2013 Accord spy shots we saw last week, which show the car wearing a different nose. Will Honda have two different looks for the new Accord, one for the Plain Jane sedan and another, more exciting front fascia for its green model? It's a strategy that Hyundai employs on the Sonata, but we certainly can't confirm such a theory yet.

We do, however, have some evidence of what Honda will be doing to the rear end of the Accord, which is making it more aerodynamic via those squared-off bumper edges on either side of the car. The car snapped in the pictures also appears to have a little spoiler on the lip of the trunk, though again, we can't say whether these details are exclusive to the Accord Plug-In Hybrid or might make their way into all the Accord models.

Either way, these images look promising, as they show a car that's both more attractive and dynamic than the eighth-generation Accord we've been living with since 2008.

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      Here's to hoping Honda doesn't foul up the interior on this Accord like they did with the 2012 Civic.
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      It actually looks pretty good, compared to the current model. It is a Honda and I'm not expecting them to come out with some sleek and sexy new Accord. It didn't take much to improve on the outgoing car.
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      HID headlights on that Accord?
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      Wow i love the factory bra! Not sure about those bold black pinstripes though.
      joe shmoe
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      bmw cues, from rear door shape to character line. even part of the front bumper. that's forgivable though, because at least it's not ugly like the civic. this car might actually look good with all the camo off. there will be many choices for the consumer this year (nissan, ford, honda), and the camry will be the ugliest car in its class.
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        @joe shmoe
        Gotta agree- look like BMW -- well the tailights (always a plus, might make accord look better). However, I still think Ford looks better. I used to like Honda ... 2008-2011 models.
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      Any news on the V6 getting the 300hp+ ED.
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      I think everyone wants Honda to produce great looking cars. It’s like the consumers are hungry for a Honda that not only excels in reliability but style and performance to match. I have a good feeling about this Accord. Honda knows they can't have another Civic incident. It would really hurt the already weakened image they have now. IMO they nailed the CR-V. Perfect strike for the demographic they meant to go after. I can only hope this gen Accord will not disappoint like everyone expects it to. My livelihood kind of depends on this model so fingers and toes crossed they don't mess this up and fix the Civic too!
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        People expect Honda's (HONDAS OF ALL CARS) to be the Mona Lisas of the car world. All because they are buttmad about Honda axing the RSX, S2000, CRX, etc, etc.
      • 3 Years Ago
      definite improvement over the current accord.
      Avinash Machado
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      Gua will be thrilled.
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        @Avinash Machado
        Gua is long gone. I think his multiple logins have all been banned as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i like it but this looks like acura rlx concept i just hope the new accord doesn't look the same the future rlx
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