The Honda Accord Hybrid is the company’s flagship model in India. Launched recently, The Accord Hybrid carries on the legacy of the Accord in India. The Accord brand has had a successful stint in India since its launch in the early 2000’s. It withdrew from the market due to low volumes. The second-generation Accord for India had revolutionised the market. It was good looking, sporty and feature loaded as well. It even came with two powerful engines (2.4-litre and 3.0-litre V6). Then the fuel prices shot up and Yen became stronger. The Accord wasn’t very high on mileage and the initial investment was high as well. This affected the sales. It also lacked a diesel version. Now the Honda Accord Hybrid is here. How is the new-generation Honda Accord Hybrid? We share all the details.
The changes that have been made to the Accord, both to the exterior and the interior, are more for improving the car’s luxury quotient and to offer more value. The biggest change to the exterior that will be immediately visible is the sunroof, which has now become part of standard fitment across the Accord range.
At the front, the Accord gets a new chrome-accentuated three-line bonnet grille design. The front bumper too has gone under the knife and gets a new sharper, sportier design compared to the previous version. The lines on the bumper are now sharper and merge into the bonnet ridge line and airdam precisely. Another addition is the turn indicators that have now been integrated into the outside rear view mirrors.
The Accord V6 model also gets a new set of alloy wheels with a five, twin-spoke design. At the rear, chrome garnish strips run below the tail-lamps to boost the ‘premiumness’ of the car.
We expect that the India-bound model to accompany a double tone inside shading plan or all-dark shading plan. As should be obvious from the pictures posted on a couple of online sites platforms, there is a broad utilization of polished dark material inside the lodge. This renders a premium evaluation engage the inner parts. Other than finishes on the dashboard adds to the elegance. The new Honda Accord Features double touchscreen framework stacked one over the other. The upper touchscreen is a 7-inch with sound and cell phone coordination including Apple Car Play and Android Auto support whilst the lower one is a 0.7-inch greater screen that is utilized for getting to Information about the car. Honda Accord is decorated with many key features from the inside of the cabin..
The Honda Accord is Facelift version, so it is having complete facilities. This car is giving comfort features like, Bottle Holder, Ashtray, Key In Reminder, Steering Adjustment (Rake), Reading Lamp, Steering Mounted Controls like Audio, Steering Mounted Calling Controls, Trunk Room Light, Rear AC Vents, Remote Fuel Filler, Hands-free Bluetooth, Vanity mirror, Steering Adjustment (Reach), Automatic Climate Control, MID (Multi Information Display), Accessory Socket etc.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE ;
Powering the Accord is i-MMD 2-motor Hybrid system along with a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine which together produces 215 PS of power with a segment best fuel efficiency of 23.1 km/l as per ARAI. The Hybrid system works in three modes, EV drive, Hybrid drive and Engine drive. Under most operating conditions, the Accord works in the Hybrid mode where the engine acts as a generator and supplies electric power to the battery with power being channelled to the wheels via the electric propulsion motor. The Engine mode is used usually at high speed cruising where the engine is directly supplying power. However under certain conditions, the Accord can only work on the battery (EV mode). In this mode the range is very very limited (about one kilometre).
Power delivery is quite linear. There is a bit of lag once you floor the pedal, but after this the Accord pulls smoothly to the redline. NVH levels are excellent and you can barely hear the engine (in the Engine mode). When the car is running only on the batteries, it is eerily quiet. The Accord automatically decides on the driving mode based on the conditions such as speed and the charge status of the battery. Ride quality is excellent at both low and high speeds. We particularly liked the slow speed ride as the suspension soaks most the surface irregularities on the tarmac. Since most buyers will be chauffeured around, the rear ride is important and is quite comfortable. The steering offers decent amount of feedback and weighs up well as the speeds pick up. Brakes offer good bite and the car stops without any drama. The tyres offer good levels of grip.
The Honda Accord Hybrid has safety features loaded to the hilt with airbags all around, ABS with EBD, traction control, hill start assist and lots more. An unexpected situation while driving asked for hard braking and the sedan was composed throughout. A noteworthy mention goes to Honda’s exclusive Lane Departure Warning system. A camera mounted on the left ORVM turns on with the video feed coming on the screen in the centre console. In this case, the driver knows what is in the blindspot and does not have to move his/her head away from the road to see the left ORVM. Personally, I would have loved is this feature was also available for the right side as well.
RIDE AND HANDLING ;
It’s always more difficult to make a front-wheel-drive car ride and handle properly, because not only do the front wheels need to drive and steer, but they also carry a disproportionate amount of the car’s weight. Yet in this class, the only similarly configured car to reach standards as high as those set by the Honda Accord is the Ford Mondeo.
Indeed, Honda would like you to believe that the Accord’s chassis compares favourably with that of the BMW 3 Series. Although that’s not a contention we’d support ourselves, when you consider ride and handling as a whole, it is not quite the implausible flight of fancy it might at first seem. Certainly, the Honda’s ride quality reaches far beyond that of any Accord we can recall and probably any Honda, Legend included.
Yet instead of falling over in the corners as you might expect from a car with such an accommodating ride, the Accord feels precise and assured all the way from turn-in to exit. What it lacks, and where the BMW (or a Mercedes-Benz C-Class) scores so highly, is a degree of driver interaction that distinguishes a merely good-handling car from a real driving machine.
The Accord is happiest on the motorway, where its suspension delivers an impressively smooth high-speed ride and refinement levels are excellent. Body control on rougher road surfaces is less convincing, with the Accord’s ride quality taking on a jagged edge. The electric power steering is impressively accurate, but it lacks feedback or the ability to communicate any involvement to the driver.
So, the Accord Hybrid is loaded with features and can run over 900 kilometres on a full tank of fuel with the combination of the electric motor and the Atkinson’s cycle engine. The spacious and well-appointed cabin keeps even taller occupants in complete comfort and offers impressive safety as well.
The Honda Accord Hybrid then is the car for an environmentally conscious buyer who wants a practical luxury sedan that is loaded with features. The only grouse is that unlike the Toyota Camry Hybrid which is assembled here, the Accord Hybrid is a direct import which means you’ll have to pay Rs 37 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, to get one to your home. That slots it dangerously close to the price bracket of the luxury sedans by the German carmakers although those cars are smaller than the Accord Hybrid.