Bland is banned
But the next Accord keeps the same old engines
AN all-new Honda Accord promises to bin the blandness next year.
First pictures of the new Accord from the US show a car that has a punchier front end and surprising curves and sculpting on the sides.
The sedan is a big departure from the current car, which looks more suitable for Homer Simpson than Ralph Lauren.
Honda has again readied the four-door family Accord alongside a wedgier coupe, although the two-door is not coming to Australia.
The new Accord is a definite for 2013 and will continue Honda Australia’s two-car policy, running alongside the smaller and more driver-friendly Accord Euro.
But as with the new Civic lines, it’s once more a case of carry-over engines. It will get updated engines, with more efficiency promised for both the four-cylinder and V6.
‘‘ We will launch the Accord in Australia in mid-2013 with the same engine line-up as we currently have,’’ confirms Honda spokesperson Melissa Cross. ‘‘There will be some styling similarities between this car and the car we launch here.
‘‘ There will be no Accord coupe in Australia: this car is designed specifically for the US market. We will be selling both the Accord and Accord Euro in Australia.’’
And what of the design, which is such a major departure from the Toyota Camry-style blandoid efforts of the past?
‘‘ Design for the Accord is a collaboration between all the major markets that sell the vehicle. This is co-ordinated through and by Honda R&D at Tochigi,’’ Cross says.
She is not discussing mechanical details but the new Accord points— on the design front— to an even more adventurous Accord Euro and a boost for efficiency and comfort. Overall dimensions have shrunk slightly but the cabin dimensions are largely unchanged.
In the US, the 2.4-litre four gets direct fuel injection and a continuously-variable transmission.
The V6 has also been tweaked, and the hybrid version will become all-wheeldrive with a 2.0-litre four.
Carsguide drove the hybrid prototype in Japan last year. It feeds conventional petrol power through the nose, with electric drive to the rear wheels.
Honda says the production plug-in will run for 23km on its batteries alone. The new Accord gets lane-departure warning and a front-collision alert system that uses stereo cameras in the windscreen similar to the Eyesight system available from Subaru in Australia.
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