The long-serving Honda Accord is due for a replacement now, especially with the new, sportier and more dynamic 2018 Toyota Camry turning up the wick. The next-generation model has been caught being tested for some time, but the latest spyshots show the D-segment sedan wearing a bit less disguise.

Photos show a front end that is closer in look to the latest Civic, with LED headlights (likely optional) joined by a large chrome bar. Adding to the aggressive face is a large grille that’s similar to the current Accord Hybrid sold in Japan, bringing the fight to the Gundam-faced Camry.

Along the side, it’s clear that the Accord will adopt the Civic’s fastback styling, with a roofline that stretches out towards the rear of the car. Interestingly, the fast rear windscreen rake echoes that of the Proton Perdana, which is built on the bones of the eighth-generation Accord…

Based on the Civic, the tenth-generation Accord will likely utilise the same engines as the US-market CR-V, including a 2.4 litre naturally-aspirated DOHC i-VTEC direct-injected four-cylinder petrol mill delivering 184 hp at 6,400 rpm and 244 Nm of torque at 3,900 rpm. Honda also confirmed a 1.5 litre DOHC VTC turbo engine – in the CR-V, it produces 190 hp at 5,600 rpm and 243 Nm from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm.

One thing to note here – unlike the Malaysian-market Camry, which will get its own, more uncle-friendly styling separate from the North American version, our Accord is shared with the US, so what you see is pretty much what you’ll get.