Every week there are more spy photos of the new 2008 Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe. (Edmunds) This time the V6 Accord Sedan has been caught during testing. The difference between this sedan and the earlier ones is the dual tailpipes. A glimpse of the interior has also shown up.
These pictures still show a very conservative new Accord sedan. The styling still draws inspiration from the BMW 5-Series and possibly the Hyundai Sonata. The interior looks pretty standard as well, with the exception of the bigger navigation screen that sits higher on the dash.
There have been rumors circulating that the current Accord Hybrid will not be offered in the next generation Accord. The Hollywood Extra and Autoblog have posted articles about the new Accord Diesel that will effectively replace the Accord Hybrid.
The Accord Diesel will replace the Hybrid model when it goes on sale sometime around 2009. The new engine will be a 2.2 – 2.4L 4-cylinder diesel that will be able to meet the toughest emissions standards out there (California’s Tier II/ Bin 5 standard). The new engine should be able to meet or beat the fuel economy of the outgoing V6 hybrid and at the same time still have a decent amount of power.
Honda is also working on a V6 Diesel for the Ridgeline truck.
This is all good news considering in many places in the US, diesel is cheaper than regular gas.
Now let’s hope that they will put the best of both worlds together and make a diesel hybrid!