|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||1993cc||auto||145PS @ 6200RPM||175NM @ 4000RPM||23kmpl|
The Accord is the flagship sedan offered by Honda in its portfolio for India. The Accord in its latest avatar utilises hybrid technology and presents itself as a luxurious product which cares about the environment.
The Honda Accord is a modern piece of machinery which looks great from every angle. The sedan gets sharper looks and aggressive design compared to its predecessor and in terms of dimensions, the new-generation Honda Accord is 4933 mm long, 1849 mm width, 1464 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2776 mm. The sedan's kerb weight tips the scales at 1620 kgs.
The front profile houses a thick slab of chrome up front and has sharp and mean looking LED headlamps for company. The side profile cuts a great picture with sharp looking lines, creases, and a long-ish wheelbase adding more balance to the design. The sedan also gets some premium touches such as one-touch power sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, a sporty looking spoiler and great looking taillights.
The new Accord’s cabin exudes a great sense of space, from the very moment you take a look at things. Both front chairs get power adjusters and provide great all-around support. Rear seats provide excellent under-thigh support, even for tall passengers and there’s ample space to lounge around. The rear backrest doesn’t recline though, which would have been a nice feature for those long journeys. The front passenger seat gets a ‘BOSS’ switch though, which the rear occupant can use to slide the front co-passenger seat forward.
The cabin gets wooden inserts on the dashboard and steering wheel look quite upmarket. The centre console features a 7.7” Advanced touch-screen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with embedded navigation and Internet browsing capability. The central display provides information related to navigation, Audio and fuel economy.
The Accord Hybrid gets a rear seat armrest, dual-zone automatic A/C with rear A/C vents, an outlet for phone charging, 8-way power adjustable driver seat with memory function and one push ignition system and keyless entry. The instrument console gets a huge speedometer along with a digital display which displays information regarding fuel and battery. A tiny digital screen displays the mode in which you are driving the car electric or petrol. A camera under the left ORVM captures blind spots which the mirror leaves out and sends back a feed to the central screen. This feature can stay on continuously via a switch on the right stalk or comes on when the left blinker is used. A fancy addition is the ability to switch the engine on remotely via a switch on the keyfob, which can help heat or cool the cabin according to conditions.
The new-generation Accord Hybrid is built on Honda's ACE body structure for structural rigidity and crash compatibility. It is built upon a Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Design which ensures the safety of the pedestrians along with the occupants of the car. The Accord Hybrid also features Active Cornering Lights (ACL) for better nighttime visibility while turning. Another safety feature for pedestrians is the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) which creates a sound like a traditional petrol vehicle to alert pedestrians. ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control, Brake Assist, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) are a few other active safety features. Six airbags including dual front SRS airbags, Side airbags, and side curtain airbags offer passive protection.
The Accord Hybrid sports what Honda likes calling the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD). It is a full hybrid system featuring a 2.0-Liter, 16-valve, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine combined with two powerful electric motors. Other parts of the powertrain include a Power Control Unit (PCU) with high power output density and a 1.3 kilowatt-hour (kWh) high output Lithium-Ion battery. An E-CVT transmission takes care of the transmission duties. The car also employs regenerative braking by virtue of Electric Servo-Brakes, claimed to have a high regeneration efficiency.
Honda claims that the Accord Hybrid has the world’s most efficient hybrid system with a fuel economy of 21.3 km/l. The combined maximum output from the hybrid system is rated at 215 PS, which is pretty impressive, especially knowing those efficiency claims. The system switches intelligently and seamlessly between 3 driving modes to match all driving conditions.
Honda Accord Hybrid price starts from INR 43.21 Lakh to INR 43.21 Lakh.
As I stood there somewhere in Hyderabad, a mean looking, Night-Hawkish thing appeared in the horizon. It was approaching towards me in style, kicking some dust in its wake and had a robotic glint in its eyes. Moments later, I was staring at the all-new Honda Accord Hybrid, which has landed on our shores as a CBU, aiming to attract premium plugs in its electrical socket. We switched it on for a very brief time and allowed a few pleasant electric waves to run through our body, here’s an account of the after effects.
The New-gen Honda Accord still retains its low, flat and wide silhouette. Only this time, some sharp creases, new age illumination bits and that deckered boot lip, all come together to make the design appear more intense, sporty and likeably dynamic. Which is a great thing, considering that the new Honda Accord is still a lengthy sedan by all means.