Today, Honda presents its Accord Tourer Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2007. For those that couldn’t make the show, images of the sporty and sleek-looking car are now available.

The Accord Tourer Concept gives an indication of the design direction for the next generation Accord – on sale in the UK from mid-2008. Its wider, lower look signals a more sporty styling approach. Innovative chassis technology will deliver an involving driving experience without compromising ride comfort.

The new model has smarter, sleeker proportions than its predecessor, yet greater width, which makes for a more spacious cabin and also allows for an increase in the track to help give superb handling.

The all-new Accord will be powered by a range of advanced, low emissions engines, making it one of the first cars to offer an entirely Euro 5-compliant engine line-up. Two petrol engines of 2.0 and 2.4-litre capacities and a 2.2-litre diesel engine mirror those in the current Accord range, but power output will be boosted and emissions and fuel economy significantly improved.

Production versions of the new Accord will debut in Saloon and Tourer forms at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.

i-DTEC – next generation clean diesel at Frankfurt

Also making its Motor Show debut is Honda’s next generation clean diesel engine – the i-DTEC.

Honda’s development programme for the i-DTEC engine – which uses world-first technology to reduce emissions to a level equal to that of a petrol engine – continues to motor ahead.

Phase one of the programme – compliance with forthcoming Euro 5 legislation – has already been achieved. The engine, which will make its debut appearance in the new Accord range, is shown on the stand at Frankfurt.

Using a combination of the latest injection technology, more efficient exhaust gas recirculation and a diesel particulate filter, the 2.2-litre engine well exceeds the Euro 5 requirements, and achieving this has not compromised engine performance. Both power and torque levels have been increased and fuel economy has been improved compared to the current 140 PS engine.