Refreshed Accord set for return
HONDA’S Thai-built Accord is being charged up to make a fresh tilt at Australia’s mid-size car market.
The Accord, here in the middle of next year, boasts a bigger cabin with more luggage room but overall, is about 130mm shorter.
It is also 25kg lighter thanks to its 56 per cent use of high-tensile steel.
Unusual for Honda is that this car will be the same for its global markets.
Previously there were design and structural differences between Accords made in the US and, for example, Thailand, Japan or China. New is a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) that re- places the five-speed conventional automatic.
A six-speed manual remains an option in the 2.4-litre while the 3.5-litre carry-over V6 — with cylinder management that lets it run on three cylinders — gets a six-speed automatic.
Honda claims the CVT will mean better fuel economy and improved acceleration. Honda’s ‘‘Earth Dreams’’ drivetrains make an appearance with three powerplants — a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, aV6 and a hybrid.
Unlike many of its rivals, there is no turbocharging.
The 2.4-litre claims more power, better fuel economy and lower emissions than its predecessor.
It will have direct petrol injection and an updated variable-valve timing system that includes variable cam timing. It is expected to produce about 140kW.
Plans are for a new twomotor Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Accord model next year but Honda Australia hasn’t made a call on this.
It will be the first time Honda has put this technology into production.
Information released in the US says the two-motor hybrid allows engine power to drive the front wheels, charge the battery pack or power the generator.
The Accord will also have electric-assist steering to further reduce fuel consumption. It is similar in design to the Holden Volt’s drivetrain.