Honda Australia has announced initial details about the 10th-generation Accord ahead of a local launch in December with the big news being the availability of a hybrid powertrain.
Locally, Honda will offer buyers a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, along with a 2.0-litre hybrid option.
The 1.5-litre turbocharged unit which produces 140kW and 260Nm is already used in the Civic and CR-V, while the hybrid powertrain uses a 2.0-litre Atkinson Cycle four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors and battery pack to develop 158kW and 315Nm.
Hybrid variants will be paired with a hybrid-specific e-CVT transmission. Honda is yet to reveal fuel consumption figures.
Honda has also stated the new Accord will benefit from the full Honda Sensing Suite of active safety technologies including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.
“The all-new Accord will mark the return of Honda’s hybrid technology to the mainstream Australian market, supporting the company’s ‘2030 Vision’ and playing a key role in achieving its global electrification strategy,” said Honda Australia Director, Mr Stephen Collins.
“With the exception of NSX, this is the first hybrid in our local line-up since 2016 and understandably the Australian market and consumer preferences have evolved in that time, so it’s great to be able to give Honda customers that option once again.”
“In recreating Accord for its 10th generation, Honda’s designers and engineers sought to convey ‘absolute confidence’ in every element of design and performance. They have built upon the bedrock character of Accord over 43 years and nine generations, and while we don’t have large volumes in mind for this car, it is certainly one that is important to the Honda line-up," Mr Collins said.
Full specifications and pricing will be confirmed closer to the car’s launch in December.
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