Honda 2013 Accord revealed with HondaLink cloud infotainment hub

Honda has revealed its 2013 Accord, in both sedan and coupe variants, with the new model trimming heft externally but simultaneously improving interior space. As swoopy and sculpted as its ever been, the new Accord is set to go on sale this fall and loses most of its bulk in length: Honda claims both versions are "noticeably shortened" which makes for a sportier driving experience and easier parking.

That's down to designing the 2013 Accord from the inside-out, apparently, with Honda claiming that the "exterior evolved from a focus on interior space and the needs of the people inside it." Windshield glass is now nearly flush, as are the windscreen wipers, for reduced drag, and the underbody has been similarly fettled with smooth airflow in mind.

Exact technical specifications haven't been confirmed at this stage, but early promises include LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights. There'll also be the usual geeky stuff we've come to expect, like lane-departure warnings, forward-collision warnings and Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot display.

Most interesting, though is the new HondaLink cloud-based system, giving access to Bluetooth streaming audio, Pandora internet radio, SMS messaging, Facebook audio, audiobooks and personalized restaurant services, all integrated into the dashboard. It will use voice recognition for hands-free control; more details in the promo video:

Pricing for the new 2013 Accord is yet to be announced.