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Honda Accord news - Frankfurt show: Honda Accord Tourer Concept
Honda says that its centre-stage Accord Tourer
Concept previews the styling of the next-gen Accord, which will go on sale in
the UK next summer.
That’s all good - the low-roofline, curvy-backed estate
looks tidy and fairly close to production-ready - but we’re hoping there might
be a bit more on the inside of the production Accord.
See, the Tourer concept is nothing more than a plastic
bodyshell. The windows are blacked out - hiding, we’d imagine, the nothingness
within - and even the exterior is nowhere near to production-ready.
See those door handles? Stuck on pieces of silver card.
Instead of wing mirrors, the Tourer Concept gets rear-facing bullet cameras,
which are as likely to make it to production as those two-tone alloys.
Not that we mind a bit of speculative concepting, but we’re
just a bit bemused as to why the Tourer Concept looks such a long way from
Honda did at least tell us that the Accord will get the same
2.0- and 2.4-litre petrol engines as the current model, as well as a 2.2-litre
diesel, which is expected to be the big seller.
All the engines should get cleaner in the emissions stakes,
however, with a slight upgrade in performance expected, too.
We’ll see the Accord in production guise early next year, by
which time we’re hoping it’ll have gained an inside.