Honda Reveals New Accord—The Civic Doppleganger

Honda revealed its tenth-generation Accord at Bangkok. The revealed Accord is an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) spec car that is based in the US-spec Accord but gets its own elements. The big changes are the two new engine options that are mated to automatic transmissions, and an all new interior. 

The tenth-gen Honda Accord gets a longer wheelbase, a wider body, and wider front and rear track. The front grille looks like the same big piece of chrome on the Amaze and the new Civic. 
Although more sleek, the tail lamps mimic the C-shaped cluster on the new Honda Civic. In addition, the headlamps and the grille also mimic the new Civic. Outside of that, the ASEAN-spec model gets a coupe-like design stance, and new alloy wheels. These measure 17 inches and 18 inches, depending on the variant. 

The cabin has a clean, neo-retro layout and sports an 8-inch floating touchscreen display. The touchscreen infotainment system is Apple CarPlay compatible. The rest of the console sports manual knobs for two-zone climate control, a wireless charger, an HUD, and a 7-inch TFT instrument cluster. The steering wheel has been redesigned and features paddle shifters. 

Honda Accord

One variant of the new Honda Accord comes with a 1.5-litre turbo-charged engine, features direct fuel injection, and has a total output of 190PS of peak power and 243Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a CVT (Constant Variable Transmission), and Honda claims it has a fuel efficiency of 16.4kmpl. 

Accord

The second variant is Electric Hybrid available with a 2.0-litre VTEC petrol engine and has a total output of 215PS of peak power. The engine is mated to two electric motors (powered by lithium-ion batteries). Coupled with the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive System (i-MMD), the car can be switched to a Sport mode that engages the electric motor and the petrol engine, offering top performance. What's more is this variant can run independently on an EV mode as well.

The new Honda Accord offers new tech as far as safety is concerned. There are radad and camera based safety systems. The new Accord features Collision Mitigation Braking Systems (CBMS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departing Warning (RDMS-LDW), Auto High-Beam (AHB), and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (ACC-LSF).

Accord 2019

Although the new Honda Accord has been revealed in Thailand, there is no clearity about an India launch. We expect the car to be launched later this year or during the first half of 2020.

What We Think About The New Honda Accord

The Accord was one of the longest and most spacious premium sedans. It did well in domestic markets and we look forward to looking at and driving the new tenth-gen. 
Seems like Honda needs a new, tenth-gen design team! Civic Accord same thing, yea?

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Article Published On: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 13:19 [IST]

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