Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has finally unveiled the all-new Honda Accord, almost two years since it made its global debut in the USA. HCPI continues to bet on the midsize executive sedan segment by making the 10th generation Accord more stylish, innovative, whilst providing both a sporty and comfortable driving experience.
Carrying an all-new look over its predecessor, the Honda Accord follows the Civic’s sporty, coupe-like design. Dominating the front fascia is Honda’s signature Solid Wing Face grille, which is flanked by slim automatic LED headlights with cornering lamps, automatic high beams and LED daytime running lights. At the sides, a steeply-raked roofline is complemented by a chrome trim to highlight the Accord’s dynamic side profile. There’s also another chrome strip running along the bottom of the vehicle to accentuate the car’s character lines. Lastly, the rear fascia is dominated by a pair of C-shaped LED taillights that give the Accord a distinct look at night.
The interior has also been completely redesigned, featuring a host of premium materials and a floating 8-inch touch screen display. It uses Honda’s latest version of its Display Audio user interface, featuring high-resolution graphics and an all-new user interface design. Drivers are greeted to a partly digital instrument cluster, the left side being a configurable 7-inch TFT LCD screen while the one on the right is an analog gauge. Being a Honda, space and practicality is at the top of its engineer’s priorities. Honda has revised the Accord’s dimensions to give it more interior space for all occupants, while the lower sitting position lowers the Accord’s center of gravity for a more dynamic driving experience. Despite the sloping roofline, Honda says that the Accord is still able to offer a spacious rear seat for three adults.
Under the hood of the all-new Accord is a 1.5-liter inline-4 turbocharged VTEC Turbo petrol engine that’s also found in the CR-V, which produces 190 hp and 260 Nm of torque. This is mated to an Earth Dreams CVT, which drives the front wheels.
Like many modern cars nowadays, the Honda Accord is equipped with a plethora of advanced driver-assist features which are collectively called Honda Sensing. Through a front-mounted millimeter-wave radar and windshield-mounted camera, Honda Sensing is able to offer automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and a full-speed adaptive cruise control with stop and go. These safety features make the Accord even more enjoyable to drive, especially on long highway drives as these features are also able to help reduce driver fatigue.
Honda Sensing comes on top of six airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera, Honda’s LaneWatch blind spot camera as well as a new Straight Driving Assist to reduce the need for making minor corrections while driving on long, straight highways.
The all-new Honda Accord is now on sale in the Philippines with a starting price of P2,288,000. Three colors are available: Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, and Platinum White Pearl (+P20,000)