September 07, 2016 @ 05:48 PM

Accord-ing it success

Honda’s revamp of its bread and butter offerings end with a refreshed Accord that packs some serious amount of kit under its re-sculpted skin.


Hot on the heels of the new Civic, Honda has not dropped the ball and kept the frantic pace going with the introduction of the facelifted Accord that takes after its Civic cousin in the looks department but more importantly, packs even more kit with negligible increases in price. They even managed to reduce the flagship variant’s pricing by about RM5,000.
 
Mechanically unchanged, the Accord will continue to be available in three variants powered by the 2.0-litre SOHC i-VTEC or the 2.4-litre DOHC i-VTEC with Earth Dreams Technology. Both power the front wheels via a five-speed automatic.


 
The emphasis on the facelift exercise was to significantly boost the value-for-money proposition of the Accord. Hence, the equipment list has grown for each variants with a focus on improving the safety features.
 
Six airbags are now standard across the range, as is stability control, hill-start assist, ABS, EBD, BA and Isofix anchorage points.


 
Styling-wise, the Accord now bears more than a striking resemblance to the Civic with futuristic styling cues and edgier details around its familiar bodyshape. New headlamps light up the front, with the 2.4 VTi-L getting full LED lamps and rides on new 18-inch dual-tone wheels.
 
Not to miss out on the action, both 2.0-litre variants; the 2.0 VTi and the 2.0 VTi-L, get new halogen headlamps and fresh dual-tone 17-inch rollers.


 
At the rear, the taillights now feature LED strips that mimic BMW and adds some zest to the previously aging tail end.
 
Inside, things remain largely unchanged in the cosmetic’s department with new wood grain trimming for the 2.0 VTi and gloss black for the 2.0 VTi-L and the 2.4 VTi-L revitalising the centre console, armrest for the front doors, rear centre armrest and rear air-conditioning surrounds.


 
However, the technology has improved ten-fold with an infotainment system that now supports Android Auto and Apple Car Play. This would allow you to display certain apps such as Google Maps on the seven inch display. In lieu of that, GPS navigation is not available as standard with any of the Accord variants.
 
Summing up the additional kit for each variant, the 2.0 VTi now comes with push-start button, smart entry, hands-free connectivity and cruise control in addition to the new headlamps, 17-inch wheels and six airbags.


 
Moving up a step, the 2.0 VTi-L gets all the above as well as Honda Lane Watch, power-adjustable front passenger seat, automatic wipers and auto-dimming rear view mirror.
 
Lastly, the 2.4 VTi-L makes do all of that and the aforementioned 18-inch wheels and LED headlamps.


 
Three new colous are now available for the Accord, including the striking signature Obsidian Blue Pearl as well as White Orchid Pearl and Lunar Silver Metallic. Carried over from the previous colour palette are Modern Steel Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl.
 
Pricing for the new Accord starts at RM144,800 for the 2.0 VTi with the 2.0 VTi-L going for RM153,800 and the flagship 2.4 VTi-L costing RM172,800. Each new Accord comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty and a 10,000km service interval.

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