After a significant time away, Japanese auto maker Honda is all set to bring back one of their most famous cars back to the Indian market. You have no doubt guessed that we are talking about the new Accord Hybrid. In this article, we list out all the features that you can expect to see in this new luxury sedan when it soon makes its arrival here.
The new Accord Hybrid features the Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid powertrain. This system uses a two-motor hybrid approach with three operating modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive; so that the car can be peppy and fuel efficient at the same time. Under most conditions, the vehicle operates in Hybrid Drive mode, in which the petrol engine operates as a generator and supplies electric power to the hybrid batteries, with drive to the wheels provided by the electric motor. When needed though, the Accord Hybrid can operate on electric power only, with the internal combustion engine shut off. In Engine Drive Mode, used mainly during speed cruising, the vehicle can operate on petrol-power alone. This i-MMD system also has a Sports mode.
The petrol motor in the Accord Hybrid is a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder Atkinson-cycle unit that develops 143 bhp and 175 Nm of torque. One huge allure that this vehicle provides for potential customers is its fuel efficiency figure of 23 kpl, which is the best in its class thanks to features such as brake energy recuperation. When combined with its electric motor, the total system power output rises to 215 bhp. This motor is powered by a lithium ion battery pack that puts out 1.3 kWh. The new Accord Hybrid is equipped with Electric Continuously Variable Transmission (e-CVT).
Being a vehicle in this segment, the Accord obviously had to be equipped very generously, and Honda has done just that. Buyers of this car get a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 360 watt sound system that has 7 speakers, satellite navigation, voice recognition, an economy mode, a 7.7 inch multi information display within the instrument binnacle, remote engine start built into the key fob, dual zone automatic climate control with an air purification system and more.
Honda has been rather aggressive on the safety front as well, and as a result of that the Accord Hybrid comes with multiple airbags located throughout the passenger cabin, a tyre repair kit, a design that reduces injuries to pedestrians upon collisions, vehicle stability assist, ABS with EBD and brake assist, motion adaptive electric power steering, cornering lamps, hill start assist and a multi angle rear view camera. Another interesting feature is the Honda LaneWatch, that eliminates blind spots for the driver.
In conclusion, the new Honda Accord is nothing like the one that came before. The vehicle has grown into something much more luxurious and premium, and is very much capable of taking on its rivals, primarily the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Pricing of the vehicle will be slightly higher since it is a full import and will not get benefits such as the FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme and the car will be brought on strict order basis.
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