Honda will launch the new Accord Hybrid tomorrow. We get you all the details
After discontinuing sale of the Accord moniker a few years back, Honda is about to mark a re-entry in the luxury sedan space. This time around though, they are bringing in their flagship sedan with a hybrid powertrain.
Engine: Hiding under the hood, the Accord Hybrid makes peak power of 143bhp and max torque of 175Nm from a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle engine. As the name rightly suggests, this new luxury sedan also comes with a hybrid powertrain. It gets a propulsion motor to drive the wheels and a generator motor to produce electricity. The Honda Accord Hybrid, with both these powertrains gets a combined output of 212bhp. As far as the gearbox is concerned, the Accord Hybrid comes mated to a E-CVT.
Features: Being a luxury sedan, the Accord Hybrid comes fitted with all the bells and whistles. It gets two central screens – the central one for the infotainment system and the one above it to display navigation and phone options. The infotainment system comes paired with a 360watt 10-speaker system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Accord Hybrid also comes with rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, rear parking sensors with reverse camera, sun roof, keyless entry, button start and more. The most interesting feature on the Accord Hybrid however is that it allows you to remotely cool the car using the key fob. The cooling automatically shuts if you don’t get into the car within ten minutes or you also have the option to continue remote cooling for 10 more minutes.
Safety: Honda offers a range of active and passive safety features in the new Accord Hybrid. In the event of a frontal crash, the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) provides enhanced protection for the front row occupants. The Acord Hybrid also has a Pedestrian Injury Mitigation design to limit pedestrian injuries. Other safety features include, Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist, six airbags, three-point seatbelts for all passengers, Hill Start Assist and more. Honda Also has what it calls, the LaneWatch, which eliminates your blind spots on the left side with the help of a camera under the left ORVM. The LaneWatch can either be activated permanently or gets activated when you engage the turn indicator.
Price: This is going to be the trickiest part for the Honda. Keeping in mind that the Accord Hybrid will come to Indian shore via the CBU route, it is expected to be priced higher than its direct rival Toyota Camry which is locally built. The Honda Accord Hybrid is expected to be priced around the Rs 40 lakh mark. The new Honda Accord Hybrid will directly compete against the Toyota Camry Hybrid but will also have to hold its own against the Skoda Superb, Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz CLA.
You can read our reviewhere : 2016 Honda Accord Hybrid: Review