Japanese automaker Honda is all geared up for the re-introduction of the Accord in India soon. The Accord, which will come this time in its Hybrid avatar, is slated for its launch in the country on October 25.
Expected to be priced at over Rs 30 lakh, the Accord Hybrid will challenge the likes of Toyota Camry and upcoming Volkswagen Passat in India. The Accord, the premium sedan, which was part of the Indian roads for 13 years since its entry in 2001 was withdrawn from the market owing to poor sales. Now when Honda is rolling up its sleeves to bring back the Accord to the sub-continent market, the market is said to be conducive as the general trend is showing affinity for hybrid and electric vehicles.
The new Accord Hybrid will come powered by 2.0-litre Atkinson Cycle i-VTEC four-cylinder engine coupled with two electric motors. The petrol unit can churn out a power of 143bhp at 6,200rpm and 175Nm of peak torque at 4,000rpm. It is mated to an E-CVT transmission and a 1.3 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. The combined output of the unit stands at 213bhp and it returns an overall fuel efficiency of 23.8kmpl. The Accord Hybrid is 4933mm long, 1849mm wide, 1464mm tall and comes with a wheelbase of 2766mm.
On the design front, the ninth generation of the Accord in hybrid looks chic with newly designed front fascia with new headlamps; chrome finished front grille and foglights. The sedan also gets LED tail lights and 18-inch alloy wheels. To be offered in four colour choices-- Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Modern Steel Metallic, the Accord Hybrid comes packed with safety features such as six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, ABS and reverse camera.
Inside the cabin, the Accord Hybrid gets a 7-inch system with audio and smartphone integration, 60:40 split folding rear seats, premium ivory leather seats and upholstery, eight-way power adjusted driver seat, four-way power adjustable co-driver seat, piano black and wood finish steering wheel and leather wrapped gear knob.
The Accord Hybrid is open for dealers-level bookings in the country for a down-payment of Rs 51,000. The sedan will be brought to India as CBU (completely built unit) and it is being said that the Accord will be initially brought only against orders.