The Japanese car manufacturer brought in a breath of fresh air with its unique styled sedan and an SUV, which immediately made them a hit with the Indian who had a dearth of choice in the market for a quick, comfortable and budget car. But with competitors entering the market and the average car buying Indians’ choices widening, Honda did suffer a setback, but yet tried to redeem itself with facelifts and limited editions of the City and Jazz. That hasn’t helped much but the newest of their lot, the Brio, speaks volumes of the change the company has undergone.
Working towards the goal of getting back in the driver’s seat in an industry where it was the first to enter, Honda has chalked out a path through which it will have to not only woo its consumers but also in Don Corleone’s words – make them an offer they can’t refuse. The new CR-V is part of that game plan but there is another card up their sleeve – the 9th generation of the Honda Accord. With a rich history of over three decades, the Japanese car company wants to add that oomph factor to its bestselling sedan.
The new Honda Accord, looks-wise, is not as outspoken as the CR-V. It has retained the essential flavour that the sedan always had. The sweeping lines on the sides, the muscular looking front, comfort and luxury – all these form the essence of the Honda Accord. Even the tops of the rear-fenders look like flexed muscles as they curve into the C-Pillar. It looks gorgeous and elegant, subtle yet bold and makes the Honda Accord a winner from the start. A first for the sedan are LED headlamps and mirror-mounted turn signals, features that have been placed in the car so that it is at par with the competition that’s out there.
What about the power? A question that receives either of the two reactions – widening of the eyes, or the shrug of the chin. But in the Accord’s case, its neutral. The sedan will retain the 3.5-litre V6 with Variable cylinder management. The cylinder deactivation switches between six, four and three cylinder combustion depending on the driving conditions and this helps not only the performance but also the fuel economy. We will get to see the bread and butter 4-cylinder Honda Accord with the 2.4-litre 177bhp churning i-VTEC engine which is more practical and rational than the V6. A six-speed manual gearbox will be on offer while the automatic will be a CVT.
The Honda Accord will be first launched in the American market and then will come down to the Indian market soon but we all are wondering when the company will come out with the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel powertrain here in India. Will the i-DTEC be the one to break the shackles and spearhead the sales of Honda cars? Or will the Honda Accord be the star of the show with a petrol engine? So will Jet Li be Jet Li or will he have to practice some unorthodox moves to get noticed? Those questions can only be answered by Honda.