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5 September,2012 : Honda India days seem to be , after the news of Honda Civic sedan going to say goodbye to the Indian market, the same procedure is going to be followed with Honda Accord. The speculations seem to be growing day by day as company sees no sense in bringing the new and more expensive car especially in the petrol version and therefore are planning to cut the production completely. The Honda Accord currently available ranges from Rs. 20.28 Lakh - Rs. 27.37 Lakh . Honda Accord is powered with a 2354cc petrol engine and comes coupled with manual or automatic transmission whereas 3471cc V6 petrol mill mated to an automatic transmission.
Honda Motor Company is one of the most reputed car makers in the world. It has firmly established itself in global automobile market with their splendid vehicles and is famous for their reliable engines. The company has announced about the launch of its lustrous and swish sedan series Honda Accord in the country's car market. It will be launch sometime this year and expected to come with two petrol engines. The company will rolled out this lavish sedan with the same power train and features, which are currently available in global car markets. Its latest generation will get all new sporty styling, raised comfort levels, advanced equipment and incredible fuel efficiency that enables it to lock horns with any of the C segment sedans. Its 3.5-litre petrol engine will displace about 3471cc. It has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 271.2bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 339Nm, which is rather good for Indian road and traffic conditions. On the other hand, it is expected that its 2.4-litre power plant comes with a displacement capacity of 2354cc. This engine can churn out a maximum power and torque outputs of 177.5bhp and 222Nm respectively. Both these engines are cleverly mated with automatic and manual transmission gear box. It distributes the engine power to its front wheels. It provides superb off the line acceleration, peppy urban driving and glass smooth highway cruising. The braking mechanism is further enhanced by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. As far as suspension system is concerned, it is further assisted by electronic stability program.
The company has given this vehicle a spacious internal cabin, which is incorporated with well a lot of features for giving a pleasurable driving experience. Its smooth dashboard is equipped with a number of features like chrome accentuated AC vents, a large glove box with cooling effect, a multi-spoke steering wheel with several control switches and many other such aspects. The advanced automatic air conditioning unit comes with rear AC vents, which cools the entire cabin in no time. It has an advanced control function, which maintains a steady speed on the highways. On the other hand, its internal cabin is equipped with several utility based aspects like a day and night inside rear view mirror, room lamp, sun visors, storage compartment and much more. It will also blessed with an advanced 2-DIN audio system with various input options, height adjustable driver's seat, electrically adjustable outside mirrors and many other such aspects. According to the news, the car will blessed it with a lot of safety aspects, which gives the passengers a stress free driving experience. The list of features includes airbags for front passengers, pedestrian injury mitigation technology and ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure. It has seat belts for all occupants along with a driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. Apart from these, it also has an advanced engine immobilizer with security alarm, a pair of front fog lamps, rear defogger, day and night interior rear view mirror, speed sensing auto door locks, key off reminder, dual horn and many other such aspects. All these features put together makes it one of the safest vehicles in its class.
Not only this, the company will take utmost care in designing the vehicle and gives a sleek and lustrous bodyline with various styling aspects. To begin with the rear profile, it is designed with bold cosmetics, which makes it look stunning. It has a body colored bumper with protective cladding and fog lamps, a radiant tail light cluster, a large windscreen with defogger and many other such aspects. Its frontage has an attractive radiator grille, which is going to be fitted with three chrome plated slats. It is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center. Apart from these, it also has a neatly crafted headlight cluster, body colored bumpers, a large windscreen and many other such aspects. The neatly crafted wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a set of steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variant. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. On the other hand, this sedan will give a tough competition to Toyota Corolla Altis, Volkswagen Jetta, Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and others in this class.
The exteriors of this stylish sedan series are designed with utmost care and given a large aerodynamic body structure. It is fitted with a number of striking features, which makes it look quite captivating. It also has a number of strong character lines, which adds to the elegance. To begin with the front fascia, it is designed with a bold radiator grille that is fitted with a few chrome plated slats. It is embossed with a prominent company logo in the center, which gives the front fascia a distinct look. This radiator grille is surrounded by a neatly crafted headlight cluster, which is incorporated with high intensity halogen headlamps and side turn indicators. Just below this, it has a body colored bumper, which houses a large air intake section for cooling the powerful engine quickly. The air dam of top end variant is flanked by a pair of round shaped fog lamps, which further adds to the visibility, especially in the bad weather conditions. The bonnet is accompanied by an underguard, which prevents the vehicle from minor damages. There are a couple of visible character lines on the bonnet, which gives it a nice appearance. Its large windscreen is made up of green tinted glass, which is accompanied by a set of intermittent wipers. The company has elegantly designed its side profile with a few strong character lines and body colored door handles. The electrically adjustable external wing mirrors are in dual color and are equipped with side turn blinker. It also comes with auto retractable function for added comfort. The neatly crafted wheel arches are equipped with a set of or alloy wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. Its B and C pillars along with window sill have glossy black finish, which gives the side profile a decent appearance. Its body colored side moldings and strong character lines adds to its look. Coming to its rear end, it is designed with a curvy boot lid, which is embedded with variant badging and fitted with a thick chrome strip. The large windscreen, which has black sash tape inside. It is integrated with a defogger along with wash and wipe function. It also has a high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety quotient. The body colored bumper is accompanied by cladding and chrome finished exhaust pipes. The premium wraparound tail light cluster is expected to be powered by high intensity halogen based brake and reverse lamps along with courtesy lights and side turn indicator. At the same time, most probably the company will give its top end variant an electric sunroof, which enhances its look.
It is expected to come with an overall length of 4950mm along with a total height of 1475mm. It has a decent width of about 1845mm, which includes outside rear view mirrors. The large wheelbase measures about 2800mm and it also has a decent ground clearance of 155mm. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.6 meters.
Ed's take: The interior styling of the Accord is plush, with good number of bells and whistles that are being offered on the vehicle.
The manufacturer has designed the internal cabin with beige color scheme that looks quite alluring with wood finished center console and ambient lighting. It is equipped with a number of sophisticated aspects including rear seat armrest with cup holders, floor mats, foldable rear seat, front center console with arm rest, height adjustable driver's seat, sun visor with vanity mirror and various other features. The dashboard is made with high quality scratch resistant plastic and is done up with black color scheme. It is equipped with advanced aspects like an instrument panel, AC unit, a three spoke steering wheel and a proficient audio system. Its three spoke steering wheel has silver inserts along with a chrome plated company's badge. It is also mounted with audio control switches, which adds to the convenience. There is a lot of leg space available in the second row owing to its specially designed seating arrangement. The seats are very comfortable and integrated with adjustable head restraints. These seats are covered with premium fabric or leather upholstery, depending on the variants. The second row seat comes with split foldable function, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. It also has rear center arm rest along with cup holder and a storage space. The driver's seat has electrically adjustable function, which adds to the comfort level. Then it also has fabric insert of door trims, chrome plated inside door handles and leather covered steering wheel that gives the cabin a classy look. In addition, the lengthier wheelbase of this sedan makes the cabins sufficiently capacious to accommodate 5 passengers with ease. It is expected that the company will bless this sedan with plenty of storage options and pockets. The cabin is equipped with several utility based aspects like cup and bottle holders, rear parcel shelf, sun visors with passenger side vanity mirror, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, day and night inside rear view mirror, front seat back pockets, front and rear center armrest with stowage compartment, door map pockets, remote fuel lid opener and many other such aspects. On the dashboard there is a large size glove-box that gobbles your stuff. It also has an electric sunroof that allows light and fresh air to pass in and creates pleasant ambiance in the cabin. As per speculation, it will be fitted with an advanced instrument cluster that has an integrated color screen along with two round shaped meters, which displays informatics like speedometer, fuel consumption, tachometer, external temperature, trip-meter, date several other notification lamps for keeping the driver up to date.
The spacious internal cabin of this lavish sedan series is incorporated with a lot of innovative aspects, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. According to the news, this vehicle will bless with an advanced audio unit that comes with a lot of input option and six speakers that enhance the ambiance of its cabin. It is equipped with a quite a few features like MP3 player, FM/AM radio and has ports for i-Pod and USB devices. It also has speed sensing volume control function and an intelligent multi-information display with several controls. It has an efficient air conditioning unit comes, which comes with rear AC vents for cooling the entire cabin quickly. While top end trim has been integrated with an automatic AC unit, which electronically regulates the air temperature and air distribution to keep the ambiance pleasant. It is also equipped with dust and pollen filter, which keeps the cabin air purified. This sedan is also integrated with an advanced cruise control system that maintains the set speed constant, while dealing with obstructions ahead. The multifunctional steering wheel is integrated with audio and call control buttons that adds to the convenience of its driver. The advanced instrument panel is equipped with a lot of features like fuel consumption, a digital clock, an electronic tripmeter, digital tachometer, low fuel warning light, door ajar warning and driver seat belt warning notification for keeping the driver updated. The tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel makes it easy to handle the vehicle even in heavy traffic conditions. Apart from these, it also has all four power windows with driver side up and down function, keyless entry, power adjustable outside door mirrors, ECON switch, cruise control and many other such aspects for convenience. In addition to these, it also has a digital clock, rear reading light, sound insulation front windscreen, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, rear AC vents, rear parking camera with display on electro-chromic mirror, one push engine start/stop button and so on.
The company has given this sedan lavish space inside that provides enough leg room as well as shoulder space for all passengers. The large fuel tank can store about 70 litres of petrol in it, which is reasonably good for planning longer drives. It has a spacious luggage compartment that can also be increased by folding its rear seat.
Ed's take: The acceleration produced by the 2.4-litre and 3.5-litre are somehow a bit similar, hence we recommend the 2.4-litre as it more efficient too.
Both these engines are cleverly mated with a five speed automatic and manual transmission gear box. It is expected that the engine with manual transmission gear box enables the vehicle to zoom towards a breathtaking top speed of 190 to 200 Kmph approximately, which is rather thrilling for the occupants sitting inside. At the same time, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph in around 10.5 seconds. On the other hand, its automatic variants can cross the barrier of 100 Kmph in about 12 seconds and attain a top speed of 185 Kmph approximately.
Ed's take: The fuel economy of the Honda Accord is just fine, if you do not drive it pedal-to-metal. The V6 however is a thirsty machine.
This 3.5-litre petrol power plant is incorporated with a PGM-Fi (programed fuel injection) supply system, which helps it in delivering a healthy fuel economy. It has the ability of churning out a maximum mileage of 105.5 Kmpl on the bigger roads and about 6 Kmpl within the city limits. At the same time, the 2354cc engine is integrated with the same fuel supply system. Its manual variant will produce 12.88 Kmpl on the highways and 8.5 Kmpl approximately in the city traffic conditions. While automatic version can generate 11.8 Kmpl and about 6.8 Kmpl on the highways and city roads.
Ed's take: The power produced by the Accord is good for its size and it is quick sedan.
This powerful 3471cc motor has the ability of churning out a maximum power output of 271.2bhp at 6200rpm in combination with a hammering torque output of 339Nm at 5000rpm. Whereas, its 2.4-litre power plant can produce a peak power of 177.5bhp at 6500rpm and yields a commanding torque output of 222Nm at just
Ed's take: The Accord gets several features like integrated music system, Bluetooth, steering mounted audio controls etc. Some German competition has more frills though.
The buyers can customize their variant with a choice of accessories like a wing type spoiler, illuminated side step, body cover, exhaust pipe finisher, foot light, splash guard, a set of alloy wheels, floor mats, sunroof, rear seat entertainment, leather seats and several other aspects. In terms of stereo, this sedan is blessed with an efficient audio unit with Bluetooth handsfree system and speed sensing volume control function. It supports CD/MP3 player, Aux-in port, USB interface, radio with AM/FM tuner and six speakers. It also has an intelligent multi-information display with various controls for easy access. At the same time, the customers can personalize this vehicle with several exciting aspects like mobile holders, leather seat upholstery, armrest, video player and many more other options. In addition to these, its exteriors can be customized with roof rails, rear spoiler, side body moldings, door visors, mud guards, and several other add-ons.
Ed's take: The handling of the Accord is good, just like any other Honda. The dynamic character of the chassis makes the ride smooth and even keeps the handling agile.
Like any other vehicle from its portfolio, this sedan is also expected to come with reliable suspension mechanism. It keeps the vehicle well balanced and stable at all times. The front axle is assembled with an independent double wishbone, whereas its rear axle is multi link type of mechanism. Both these axles are further assisted by coil spring and stabilizer bar, which gives a comfortable driving experience. This suspension system is assisted by vehicle stability assist. Its cabin is incorporated with a rack and pinion based steering wheel with variable gear ratio. This hydraulic power steering system is quite responsive. It is tilt and telescopic adjustable, which makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions. On the other hand, the front and rear wheels are fitted with a set of multi-lateral discs and solid disc brakes respectively. This braking mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution.
Ed's take: The safety features on the Accord are ABS, airbags and ESP.
For a stress free driving experience, the company has bestowed this luxurious Honda Civic sedan series with a number of features. It is expected to be equipped with 3-point seat belts for all passengers that gives maximum protection along with driver seat belt reminder notification. The company has given this sedan an ACE (advanced compatibility engineering) body structure along with G-force control technology (G-CON) that ensures safety of the occupants sitting inside in case of any crash. It has an advanced engine immobilizer, which safeguards the vehicle from any unauthorized entry. Then it also has dual SRS airbags along with side and curtain airbags that helps in saving the occupants in case of collision. It is equipped with ABS (anti lock braking system) along with EBD (electronic brake force distribution) and hand lever type parking brake. Apart from these, it has vehicle stability assist, whiplash protected front seat head restraints, rear defogger, a pair of fog lamps, rear view camera with parking sensors, centrally located high mounted stop lamp, rear defogger with timer, speed sensitive auto door lock and central locking system along with keyless entry.
The pronounced wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a classy set of 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 215/60 R16 and 225/50 R17 respectively. The company will also give a full size spare wheel with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre.
1. Lavish internal cabin with lots of safety and comfort features.
2. Power packed engine with reliable performance.
3. Acceleration and pick up is quite good.
4. Sleek and lustrous body line adds to its advantage.
5. After sales service is rather satisfying.
1. Lack of navigation system even in the top end variant.
2. Sun/Moon roof can be given as standard feature.
3. Lesser boot compartment is a big minus point.
4. Fuel efficiency of petrol power plant is not up to the mark.
5. Difficult to handle on the busy city roads because of its size.
Japanese carmaker Honda has recently phased out the 8th generation Accord, however, the company is still in a mood to re-launch this luxurious sedan in an all-new avatar. This is surely great news for the Accord lovers in India, however Honda is yet to finalise the exact launch date and its drivetrain.
At the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, Honda Cars India has showcased the Hybrid version of its flagship sedan, Accord. The company has recently phased out the Accord sedan from India and is now planning to introduce the hybrid version of the saloon. This hybrid model is already on sale in international markets and is expected to hit the Indian roads by 2014-15.
High lending rates and rising petrol prices have effected the sales of cars in India, to overcome this sluggish demand in domestic market, car makers are looking to export vehicles globally to make up for the low domestic sales. According to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), in last six months (April-October 2011) the car sales in India dropped by 1.8 percent to 1,378,513 units while in the same time period the export rate registered a growth of 19 percent to 293,426 units.