Honda has gone and launched the new Accord! Now, we'll be honest and admit that we can't spot too many differences between this one and the old Accord. But they're there! On the exterior, there is a new Chrome accentuated front grille, rear chrome garnish and new front bumper. The Sunroof now comes as standard across the Accord range. Steering mounted cruise control system has been added to help one to cruise at the desired speed, with one-touch operation and ORVM with turn indicators making the car more stylish.
On the inside the wooden panel adds a touch of finesse to the car, while the audio system has been improved as well.
The Accord is equipped with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) to assist the driver in maintaining control during cornering, acceleration and sudden manoeuvres by applying braking to the right or left hand wheels as necessary and modulating the engine torque output as required.
The Honda Accord is available with the 2.4L and 3.5L V6 engine.
The 2.4L Accord comes with 5-speed Manual Transmission and 5-speed Automatic transmission with paddle shifts. The Automatic Transmission has Shift Holding System which avoids unnecessary gear shifting on winding roads and helps in hassle free drive.
The 3.5L V6 engine features an advanced Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system that switches between six-, four-, and three-cylinder combustion depending on the driving conditions and thereby delivering maximum power of 275 PS during six cylinder operation and impressive fuel economy in VCM mode while cruising. The new alloy wheels of the Accord V6 enhance the looks of the car even more.
The Honda Accord is equipped with the best of safety technologies, with intelligent six airbags, including side curtain air bags, Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body and G-Force Control Technology (G-CON) for enhanced safety of the vehicle occupants during a collision. The extensive use of high-tensile steel improves torsional rigidity and also helps in achieving major weight savings.
Honda Accord V6 3.5L and Honda Accord 2.4L also have a provision for Bluetooth connectivity and customers can buy it as a Honda Genuine Accessory.
Watch out for the Honda Accord drive in the March 2011 issue of Motoring!