Though less than a week has passed since we caught a 2013 Honda Accord prototype out testing, the folks at Automotive.com have discovered this test mule not far from Honda’s headquarters in Southern California.
Unlike the previous tester, this Accord is wearing far less camouflage. A small door on the front fender suggests that this model is the plug-in hybrid variant, expected to use a 2.0-liter i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine with an electric CVT. The hybrid will feature three driving modes including an all-electric function, though it’s unclear how far the Accord PHEV will go before needing assistance from the 2.0-liter I-4. The new Accord will also be offered with the traditional four-banger and V-6 powerplants.
The latest spy shots also reveal more of the front fascia, which appears to be a toned-down version of the one featured on the Concept C sedan. The similarities, however, end there as the side profile reveals a much more subdued appearance. Again, nothing is final yet so we’ll have to wait a few months for the 2013 Accord’s official debut to see the car’s finalized sheetmetal.
Thanks to: Motor Trend