Honda released a pair of images of its new-for-2013 Accord sedan early this morning, and it's followed them up with a pair of matching Coupe photos (we've added some cropped/zoomed images so you can see some of the details better).

The two-door bodystyle looks quite similar to the rakish outgoing model, with comparable greenhouse and prominent profile creases, but styling has been cleaned up as well, with better integrated hood shutlines and a dumping of the love/hate "upside-down" door handles that marked out the previous Accord. Unlike the new-for-2013 sedan, the Coupe also has unique squared-off lower fascias with recessed lighting – particularly noticeable in the rear.

Up front, a mesh grille with a thinner U-shaped surround insert takes the place of the sedan's more conservative slatted affair, and the headlamp fixtures are unique with larger amber turn signals. The lower air inlet looks similar in style to the sedan, but the surrounding fascia is different, incorporating round fog lamps in blacked-out faux mesh recesses.

The rear end also receives unique taillamps, and they appear smaller than their family-minded counterpart. Also unlike the sedan, they don't extend into the trunklid, which appears to have a markedly narrower opening to go with its built-in lip spoiler and CHMSL. The Accord Coupe's most prominent feature in the rear is arguably its square-jawed bumper cap, which has vertical rectangle reflectors and a horizontal sliver of brightwork that the sedan lacks. As with the saloon, twin exhaust outlets are shown on this V6 model, but they have unique oval-shaped finishers, where the sedan has more traditional round pieces.

What do you think of the new Accord Coupe at first glance? Weigh in with your thoughts in Comments.
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All-New 2013 Honda Accord Will Debut with Premium and Sophisticated Exterior Styling

The most sculpted Accord ever is bigger on the inside and smaller on the outside


TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 8, 2012 – Honda today revealed the first images of the much anticipated all-new 2013 Honda Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe, set to go on sale this fall. The most sculpted Accord ever delivers an even more spacious and luxurious passenger cabin wrapped in an upscale, sophisticated exterior designed to stand the test of time.

The 2013 Accord's styling is expressive, sophisticated and premium. Starting in the front, a bold new grille imparts a distinctive and dynamic tension that complements the powerful look of the hood's multiple styling lines. A strong side character line flows through the door handles and flares upward toward the rear of the vehicle to further convey a sense of motion. A deep contour in the rocker panel firmly grounds its visual presence to the road and smartly turns upward to convey a sporty attitude. In the back, the inward slope where the fenders taper into the trunk and C-pillars is designed to convey a powerful, athletic stance from the rear.

True to the spirit of Honda and every Accord before it, the ninth-generation embraces a customer focus from the inside out. Smart interior packaging allows for increased passenger and cargo space in both the sedan and the coupe, while the overall exterior lengths are noticeably shortened, contributing to a sportier driving character and easier parking. An expansive greenhouse and generous rear seating area provide excellent levels of visibility and comfort for the driver and all passengers.

"This car is the most sculpted and the most dynamic Accord yet," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda. "Following Honda's long-held philosophy of 'man maximum, machine minimum,' the beautiful exterior evolved from a focus on interior space and the needs of the people inside it."

On the road, an overall aerodynamic shape combined with low-drag exterior surfaces including nearly flush windshield glass, flush-mounted windshield wipers and careful under-body tailoring promise enhanced fuel efficiency. Premium details like available LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights hint at the sophisticated technology and luxury available inside.

More information about the all-new 2013 Accord will be revealed later this fall. For photos about the styling direction of the 2013 Accord, visit www.hondanews.com.


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      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Same thing I said about the sedan can be said here. Nothing exciting, but Honda has never been known for groundbreaking design. Its the reliability that brings people in so this will sell in boatloads just like the current and previous designs.
      muzikbynature
      • 2 Years Ago
      To answer your questions of what happened to Honda.... nothing! Regardless of their designs their cars are always in the top sales brackets. The Civic is butt ugly and the current generation accord is not very attractive but they still sell well. This design is evolutionary and not that much different than the last generation but the public has dictated (sales wise) that conservative redesign is cool and acceptable. That's why all of your top selling vehicles are (in my opinion) very pedestrian in styling. We (the automotive journalists, bloggers and commenters) are the only ones that really seem to be up in arms over styling. I think the best looking vehicles often times are the ones that have been modified with tasteful aftermarket enhancements anyway. This design gives a buyer a good base to start with. I liken this restyle to the iPhone 4s enhancement over the iPhone 4. Looks the same but has enough enhancements and features to keep you interested and attract new buyers. The next generation after this one will probably be a total revamp.
        ClementZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @muzikbynature
        This, especially your point about aftermarket enhancements. I can imagine this car with lips and bumpers and whatnot. I can't imagine something like a Sonata with similar enhancements...
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      The coupe looks decent from the front. Finally a Japanese car without some strange, gawping front end. The back leaves a lot to be desired though.
      jaybird_36
      • 2 Years Ago
      The spy pics of the interior show a nice improvement in the dash design.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jaybird_36
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      Seph
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was designed pretty well on both ends, the front and the back. You can hardly something wrong with the design, unlike in previous design. It maybe a new design, but not too bold or not a flight from the usual honda design. You can still sense some honda heritage, which I think, makes sense.
      crwpitman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somewhere, a 997 is missing it's taillights.
      takumi12350
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doesn't look bad, much better than the previous generation coupe that's for sure. Rear is last generation Legacy-ish. Front end is also reminiscent of the last gen 3 series coupe (with the lines at least).
      Spiel
      • 2 Years Ago
      That rear is like the product of a threesome between it, a Porsche (taillight), and a Cadillac Eldorado (bumper). I'm not saying ugly, just strange. After all, when did we ever expect a jaw dropping design for the Accord or the Camry. Meh sums it up best.
      Krenlok68
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cleaner design than the 2008-2012 version, but the 2008-2012 version wasn't that bad (certainly better looking than its sedan counterpart) to begin with. Again, what's with the lack of interior pictures?
      SRTVIPER
      • 2 Years Ago
      The back sort of looks like a previous generation porsche.
      fliproll
      • 2 Years Ago
      As the owner of a 2008 Honda Accord V6 6sp manual coupe with Navi that I purchased new, I waited with bated breath for the next generation to arrive. I thought that after 5 years with the competition increasing significantly in the segment, that Honda would have chosen a design that clearly separated itself from the previous generation. That being said, I feel the same way about the Honda Accord Concept Coupe I saw at the New York Auto Show in April. I was more intrigued by the terrific paint job on the concept version than anything else, however, I would have settled for the concept over the 2013 model without a doubt. So my friends, I will not throw the new coupe under the bus until I actually see it but 5 years is a long time and this model has left me, at first glance, feeling deprived.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will admit that that is a nice shade of blue, though.
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