Honda Accord 10th-generation hits Land Down Under

The 10th-generation Honda Accord has been unveiled in Australia with a completely new platform inside and out. The New Accord is equipped with the latest Honda Sensing safety and driver-assist technologies. For those who’re new to the Honda Accord range, the Accord line has been around for 43 years, nine generations to be exact.

As with all global Honda cars, the Accord comes fitted with a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo, and the other being a 2.0-liter hybrid. The former and most familiar 2.4-liter is no longer part of the deal.

In dimensions, the new Accord has a longer wheelbase (+55mm), a lower overall height (-15mm) and wider body (+12mm), wider wheel tracks (+6mm front, +18mm rear), a shortened overall length (-26mm) and lower position (-25mm front, -20mm rear).

With the all-new platform, the Accord has a more athletic stance and shorter overhangs when compared to the previous generation. At the front, a long and low, chiselled bonnet, a chrome wing grille and sharp angles take over to express a wider stance. Headlights comprise LEDs with foglights, also LEDs.

The side features a deep-sculpted body, along with anew laser brazing process that joins the roof to the body side panels. From the rear, the low and wide view is finished off with an upswept bootlid and distinctive LED light-pipe tail lights. Completing the package are new 18=inch wheels.

Thanks to a longer wheelbase, the New Accord offers more room on the inside. There’s 49mm more legroom and boot capacity is now 570 liters, up 25 percent to accommodate a battery pack, in the case of the hybrid version.

Creature comforts and amenities for the New Accord comprise Honda’s finest dashboard, 7-inch instrument cluster, seats with a driver’s 12-way adjustable, an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen and a new 6-inch HeadUp Display (HUD); just to name a few.

Honda Accord engine options

The new Accord is available wtth a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the third-generation Honda’s two-motor hybrid. The turbo engine has a peak output of 140 kW of power at 5500 rpm and 260 Nm of torque from 1600 to 5000 rpm, while the hybrid outputs 158 kW and peak 315 Nm of torque. Both options are paired to continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The car offers three drive modes; ECON, Normal and Sport. 

The New Accord has a more robust body and chassis with stronger but lighter frame. Suspensions are made up of front Macpherson struts and the rear’s multi-link. To enable a better drive, the New Accord has drive-by-wire throttle and Active Sound Control system,

Both versions have near optimal FWD weight distribution of approximately 60/40 per cent front/rear. Meanwhile, NVH levels are optimum with the inclusion of structural adhesives and a comprehensive sound-insulating package, and even sound-absorbing carpet, acoustic laminated windscreen glass and Active Noise Control system.

At introduction, the New Accord is offered with  four main exterior paint colors: Platinum White, Lunar Silver, Modern Steel and Crystal Black. The special Passion Red  is reserved just for the hybrid variant,

The New Accord is locked and loaded with a whole list of safety and driver assistance systems. Price for the New Accord begins at $47,990 with the hybrid version fetching $50,490. Prices are for the Australian market.

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