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You’re looking at the tenth-generation Honda Accord, spotted testing for the first time. Out in the United States, the next-generation Accord test mule is spotted here wearing heavy disguise. However, drawing from the profile of its nose, the grille and front bumper treatment appears to be more upright than on the current, ninth-generation Accord.

Dimensions on the Accord aren’t expected to grow much further. In fact, it has shrunk a little in length during its transition from eighth– to ninth-generation to ease manoeuvrability. It will be built on a platform shared with the latest Honda Civic and share that car’s design language, albeit with a more upright stance.

Powertrains can be expected to be refinements of existing units in the current Accord, although the new turbocharged four-cylinder will almost certainly be included in the next Accord’s line-up (depending on markets, of course). Even with the US market’s historic preference for large-capacity engines, the V6 power plant might be discontinued for Honda’s D-segment sedan due to ever-tightening legislation. Likewise, a hybrid variant of the new Accord is a given.

As the Accord nameplate turns 40 this year, the tenth-generation Honda Accord can be expected to have its official unveiling in the second half of next year, to be released as a 2018 model-year Accord.