February 08, 2014: Honda after discontinuing Accord is gearing up to launch it again in the Indian auto market. The luxurious sedan was only available in petrol version till the time it was phased and now the company plans to relaunch Accord with fresh styling and an added diesel motor. The new avatar of Accord will be launched surely, however, the exact date of launch is still not known.
There must have been quite a lot of brainstorming done by Honda after which it has finally set itself to bring in the much awaited diesel engines in their cars. Recently, Honda Amaze sedan has been launched, which is the first diesel engine vehicle to be launched in the Indian car market by the company. There are speculations that the premium sedan Honda Accord Diesel will also be launched in the country very soon. There is no official confirmation what so ever on the exact date of the launch as yet. But the news is expected to be announced anytime soon. There is a lot of anticipation revolving this launch as this luxury sedan is a performance packed vehicle and is admired by a lot of car enthusiasts. The populace of the country seems to be delighted by this move of getting in diesel engine vehicles by Honda, as this is one of the very few companies, which does not have a single diesel engine based vehicle and is still doing fantastic business in the country. The possible reason of introducing diesel engine based vehicles in the country finally by the company might be due to the rising petrol price or the gradual dropping in sales of petrol driven Honda cars in the car market. But in all, petrol run Honda cars have been real performers, known for their long life and high resale value. According to the preliminary information, Honda Accord Diesel is expected to come in with the same body and styling as the existing variant, except a diesel engine under the hood. If rumors are to be believed then, the company is expected to launch this diesel engine based Honda Accord by the end of 2014 and is being speculated that it will be costing in the range or Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 25 lakhs. But whenever this elegant sedan will be launched it will certainly give sleepless nights to its contenders like Skoda Superb Diesel, Mercedes Benz C Class, BMW 3-Series and also the VW Passat. It is surely going to be a runaway hit just like magnificent petrol driven sibling. This yet to be launched Honda Accord Diesel sedan will certainly be a stunner, as it will be a complete package with captivating exteriors, plush and feature laden interiors along with a performance packed diesel engine, which will have pertinent power along with a healthy fuel efficiency. It will carry the same beautiful and swanky look of the petrol version that has given it a distinct presence in the premium sedan segment, since its launch in India way back in year 2003. During its tenure in India since its launch, the popular sedan has undergone quite a few varied changes with respect to the engine, looks, interiors, comfort and safety aspects as well.
This was done in year 2007 and then once again in year 2010, but now with the diesel engine based version coming in, the customers are eagerly waiting to lay their hands on it as soon as it is launched. Honda Accord Diesel will mostly have similar external aspects and loaded interiors with sophisticated features from the petrol variants. However, there are some rumors that the company is working on gifting the diesel sedan with a efficient new transmission system. There are also speculations that the exteriors and interiors might be spruced up a bit to make this diesel engine based premium sedan look exquisite as well. Some of the top of the line aspects, which are expected to be included in this upcoming Honda Accord Diesel are electric leather seats, satellite navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity to pair mobile phones, voice activation, an advanced MP3/CD player or a DVD touchscreen with various other input options like a USB interface and Aux-In point along with speakers and steering mounted buttons as well. There are also some unconfirmed reports that the company is planning to integrate some additional features, which will certainly give the upcoming Honda Accord Diesel version, a distinct presence in the car market of India. This diesel sedan is already present in certain European car markets, where the 2.2-litre diesel version is rated as one of the best in the sedan category. Almost all owners of this Honda Accord Diesel have appreciated the company's quality and reliability besides the noise free cabin that has soft touch plastics. The overall length and width of this sedan are expected to be similar to that of the present petrol version. A six-speed manual gearbox is expected to be coupled with the diesel engine in the Honda Accord Diesel. The company could also continue with an optional five speed automatic transmission variant as well. The company is also expected to load this sedan with some crucial and significant safety features as well. These might include six airbags for enhanced protection, an ACE (advanced compatibility engineering) body, G-FORCE control technology (G-CON), ABS, EBD, Front 3 point seat belts with automatic tensioning system, Front active headrests and many more such safety aspects as well. The Honda Accord Diesel will also have ultra comfortable cabin features including an advanced audio system with USB slot, Aux-In port, speakers, mounted controls on steering wheel, adjustable power steering, adjustable seats with lumbar support, rear AC vents and reading lights along with many other such aspects.
This yet to be launched Honda Accord Diesel is expected to be launched with a similar body line as of its petrol variants, which are seen on the Indian roads. The company might give it the same overall aerodynamic structure and styling, but at the same time it is being speculated that there might be some minor changes here and there. Lately, the company has done certain changes to the design of Honda Accord in certain global markets, which has now entered the 8th generation. Presently the models selling in other international car markets have a bolder, dynamic and charismatic structure that has become a head turner on the roads. The new models are now incorporated with trendy features such as a distinctive front grille, flared up wheel arches that are equipped with sporty alloy wheels and an electric sunroof . The Honda Accord Diesel version once launched in the Indian market will surely become a classic example of a sophisticated vehicle and will really stand out from other contenders in its segment. The new bold look along with muscular edges enhances the powerful appeal of the yet to be launched Honda Accord Diesel.
The Honda Accord Diesel premium segment sedan car has a seating for 5 passengers. This premium sedan is expected to be about 4750mm in length along with 1840mm in overall width , which will also include the protruding external wing mirrors as well. Then this diesel engine based upcoming sedan is said to have a overall height of 1470mm and a reasonably good ground clearance as well. This sedan will be expected to have good spacious insides, which is why the large wheel base of this diesel engine based sedan is expected to be the same as in the petrol version that is 2800mm.
The interiors of the Honda Accord Diesel are expected to be elegant and modern similar to that of the petrol sibling. The inside cabin has lot of space and has a graceful wood finish panel. Every inch of the interior has been used judiciously to enhance comfort level coupled with advanced features. The front and rear seats have the same comfort level and are ergonomically designed. The sophisticated audio system inside has a center multi-selector jog dial. For the passenger at the rear, there are rear audio controls. The interface is easy to operate while the USB port allows the user to access media files on the pen drive on the go. In order to experience comfortable and pleasurable driving, the driver has the choice to adapt the position of the seats as well the steering wheel . The seats of the Honda Accord Diesel can also be adjusted in eight different ways so that it gives comfort seating to the driver. There is lumbar support as well for all the passengers and the rear seats are as comfortable as the front seats. This diesel engine based sedan might have slightly better leg room and is also expected to have AC vents at the rear along with light and audio controls as well.
The Honda Accord Diesel version is expected to give the same top of the line comfort aspects, which are integrated in the prevalent in the existing petrol version. The four spoke multi functional power steering wheel houses an aluminum color panel. The instrument panel has a wooden garnishing on it. This sedan might also get the economy Indicator that keeps a check on the fuel consumption of the vehicle. The side step is garnished and is illuminated to ensure comfortable entry and exit at night as well. The interior color scheme on the standard equipment is expected to be beige. The leather seats, leather covered gear knob, front center armrest with a brilliant console, vanity mirror with illumination, outside temperature gauge, digital clock, seat back pocket, front and rear door pocket, front and rear cup holders, rear center armrest with storage and many other such features are all expected to be prevalent in the yet to be launched Honda Accord Diesel as well. The diesel powered Honda Accord is hoped to have noise and vibration reduction carpets inside to reduce the engine noise inside the cabin.
This diesel sedan will have a comfortable seating for five passengers. Being spacious from the inside, upcoming sedan has sufficient legroom, shoulder room as well as head space, which will ensure a comfortable driving experience for all the passengers.
Like the existing Honda Accord petrol variants, the diesel versions are also expected to come with manual as well automatic transmission variants. The four cylinder based 2.2-litre diesel mill in the Honda Accord Diesel will also be fitted with a dual overhead cam shaft. This engine is said to generate an excellent power output along with an impressive torque yield as well. All this put together will certainly generate an excellent top speed, which is said to somewhere around 225 to 230 Kmph, which is quite exciting. On the other hand, the time taken for this diesel engine based premium sedan to go from 0-100 Kmph is said to be around 11-13 seconds, which is rather thrilling.
The innovative 2.2-litre, four cylinder based diesel engine has been equipped with an advanced i-DTEC fuel supply system , which is expected to be equipped in this premium sedan for the Indian. This engine is very powerful and expected to perform exceptionally well on the Indian roads as well. This diesel mill is said to be able to generate an incredible 150bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a pounding torque output of 350Nm at 2000 to 2750rpm, which is rather impressive. This 2199cc engine is anticipated to be skilfully coupled with a six speed manual transmission, but there are also reports that the company might also bring in the 5-speed automatic transmission gear box as well to the Indian car market.
The Honda Accord Diesel is fitted with a power packed 2.2-litre diesel mill that has been integrated with a i-DTEC (intelligent diesel technology) fuel supply system. This upcoming diesel sedan is expected to generate a mileage between 17 to 22 Kmpl depending on the transmission and also on the driving conditions . But, at the same time these are approximate figures and the official mileage will be announced closer to the launch.
The company has fitted this performance packed diesel sedan with a hefty 2.2-litre mill, which has four cylinders and a sophisticated i-DTEC fuel supply system as well. This engine has been equipped with a DOHC and is expected to generate an incredible 150bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a pounding torque output of 350Nm at 2000 to 2750rpm , which is rather impressive.
This yet to be launched diesel sedan is going to be a premium class vehicle in its segment and the company will certainly add quite a number of best in class accessories in it, which will certainly lure the customers into buying it. There might certainly be a music system along with a DVD/CD player, which will further have a USB interface and a Aux-In port as well. There will be a roof antenna for th Radio FM along with Bluetooth connectivity to pair mobile phones and a remote control as well. The multi-functional steering wheel will have mounted controls for the audio system along with cruise control switches and other buttons for picking or disconnecting a call as well. The automatic version, which is also expected to come in is expected to get Paddle Shift gears as well.
The upcoming diesel version is said to also to have similar braking system, which is in the petrol version. The front wheel will be fitted with multilateral disc brakes, while the rear tyres are expected to be equipped with solid disc brakes for efficient braking . The suspension system at the front is expected to be an independent double wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer, while a multi-link with coil spring and stabilizer will make sure that the pot hole ridden roads have no effect on the comfort of the passengers.
This Honda Accord Diesel is a premium sedan and the company is expected to load it with some very significant aspects. This stylish diesel sedan is expected to have quite a number of safety and handling features. Besides the optimized driving position, the handling features also include adjustable steering with mounted controls for audio and phone. The advanced VGR (Variable Gear Ratio) power steering technology provides the right turn ratio at even high speeds. The steering system also allows easier maneuverability within the city as well. So driving the Honda Diesel will be easy and a pleasure. The steering system gives instant response to any movement of the steering wheel in a precise manner and is capable of turning this sedan in the smallest of turning radius. So it would be wrong to think that being huge in size, this classy sedan is tough to maneuver. The G-CON and G-FORCE technology makes the Honda Accord virtually invincible in the event of a crash. There are impact absorbing zones in the Honda Accord with the G-CON technology in place and with it the impact is distributed to the structure of the Honda car instead on a particular area where the car is hit. In addition to it the G-CON technology also helps reduce injuries to the pedestrian in the event of an impact. The Honda Accord Diesel is also expected to have six airbags inside, making it the perfect cocoon in the event of a crash. The side air bags save the passengers when the car gets an impact from the sides and protects the upper body of the front and rear passengers. The front airbags inflate at different rates as per the impact severity. The front seat belts have 3 points and these automatically get tense around the chest and the lap to help reduce the impact in the event of a crash. The front active headrest supports the neck and helps reduce the injury to the neck of the front and rear passengers. In order to give support to the head of the passengers, the link mechanism in the seats moves the headrest forward thus minimizing the impact. The VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) technology handles all the under-steer or over-steer conditions and ensures that every turn is perfect and does not let the Honda Accord drift to the sides. The system detects the steer and reduces engine power and also applies brakes on individual wheels to keep this sedan on track. This premium sedan is also said to be equipped with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist. The Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) system helps enhance the braking of the car as it detects the load on each wheel and accordingly distributes the brake force.
The Honda Accord Diesel version is expected to come with a classy set of alloy wheels, which will be of 16 inches. These stylish set of rims will be further equipped with tubeless radial tyres of size 215/60 R16, which will have a superior grip on any terrain.
Captivating exteriors, loaded interiors, a powerful engine.
Price tag might be a factor, mileage will be questionable.
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