Honda Accord has been launched in hybrid avatar at a starting price of Rs. 37 Lakhs (Ex showroom, Delhi). Until now, the company has focused over the mass market models such as the new jazz and the BR-V. In its eighth generation, the model was discontinued due to slow demand. The car will be available in four exterior paint colours – white orchid pearl, lunar silver metallic, modern steel metallic and crystal black pearl.
In terms of the exterior design, the car gets a fresh design in its ninth generation and dimensionally, it measures 4,933mm in length, sitting on a wheelbase of 2,776mm, 1,849mm wide with a fixed stance of 1,464mm height. Honda Accord hybrid will come packed with features like LED headlamps and fog lamps, sunroof, extensive use of chrome, integrated trunk spoiler, and sits on 18 inch multi spoke alloy wheels. Inside, the Accord Hybrid comes with a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, MirrorLink, dual-zone automatic climate, rain-sensing wipers, remote pre-cooling and pre-heating function for the cabin and a remote start function. Honda hasn’t missed out on occupant protection as the body structure is built with (ACE) Advanced Compatible Engineering, six airbags, ABS, stability control, traction control, hill start assist, multi-view rear camera, front and rear parking sensors and lane watch assist.
Under the skin, the Accord Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-litre i-VTEC Atkinson cycle petrol motor, good to belt out 143 hp, paired to two electric motors that produce a combined power of 215hp. For an elicit drive experience it offers three modes of operation for the hybrid system – Hybrid Drive, EV and Engine Drive. In Hybrid drive, the engine acts as a generator and the electric power is supplied by both the cars batteries, while in Engine drive mode, the engine transmits power directly to the wheels directly and in EV mode, it is driven under battery power only with a a limited range of about 2km. Honda claims that the car can return a mileage of 23.1kpl.
It will be come through CBU route, so it will not be benefitted under the government’s FAME scheme, that its chief rival, Toyota Camry Hybrid avails of. The Accord hybrid lock horns with Mercedes C-class, BMW 3-series and Audi A4, with a price tag of Rs 37 lakh. Recently, the company also launched the facelift version of the Honda Brio.