NOW in its tenth generation, the 2020 edition of the Honda Accord is set to arrive in local dealerships in December, bringing with it the most sophisticated, fuel efficient and comfortable version the Japanese car maker has ever produced.
Built on a completely new platform, and in essence all new from the ground up, the new Accord sedan provides even more refined and engaging performance, a more stylish interior, and the latest advanced Honda sensing safety and driver assist technologies.
The flagship passenger model will take an entirely new approach to performance by giving buyers the choice of two power trains, including a new 1.5-litre DOHC direct-injected VTEC turbo with dual Variable Timing Control (dual VTC).
The other option is a third-generation Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system that utilises a 2.0-litre DOHC Atkinson-cycle engine paired with two electric motors.
The 2020 model marks 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.
With the exception of NSX, this is the first hybrid in Honda’s local line up since 2016 and understandably, the Australian market and consumer preferences have evolved in that time, so it’s perfect timing to give Honda customers that option once again.
Figures for the hybrid variant sit at 158kW of power and 315Nm of torque, while the 1.5-litre turbo engine – a further evolution of the power plant first introduced in the 2016 Civic and later in the 2017 CR-V – delivers 140kW of power and 260Nm peak torque.
In recreating the Accord for its latest incarnation, Honda’s designers and engineers sought to convey ‘absolute confidence’ in every element of design and performance, building on 43 years of history.
And while Honda don’t have large volumes in mind for this car, it is certainly one model that is important to the Honda line up, which is why it’s the most dramatically styled, premium and fun to drive Accord yet.