The Sleuth gleaned some closely held intel regarding the next-gen Honda Accord sedan due out this fall. To eke out max fuel economy, the base four-cylinder car will swap out its optional five-speed automatic transmission for a gearless continuously variable unit. In addition, the base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine will feature direct-injection technology that forces fuel into the cylinders under high pressure, instead of wafting it into intake manifold. The means a cleaner burn, lower emissions, more power and reduced fuel consumption. But the really big Accord news concerns the Accord’s plug-in gas-electric hybrid option. With this technology, the car will run for up to 15 miles on battery power alone before requiring a recharge that will take a mere 1.5 hours using a 240-volt charger. These developments should help the Accord maintain a strong sales presence within the highly competitive mid-size sedan segment.
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