Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted March 27, 2013 13:07
New flagship sedan with cleaner and more efficient engine
Honda highlighted their display at the 2013 Bangkok Motor Show with the newly revealed Accord. The new Accord features what Honda calls ‘Earth Dreams’ technology which optimizes the engine for fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The ninth-generation ASEAN Accord features a more sophisticated styling compared to its predecessor.
Like the Civic, the new Accord features Honda’s ‘Man maximum, machine minimum’ principle. It sits on a 25mm shorter wheelbase, while its external length has been shortened by 76mm; engineers have optimized the interior to add 25mm more rear legroom, and 30-liters more trunk space.
For the Thai market, the Accord will be powered by a 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter engine; producing 174 ps @ 6200 rpm and 225 Nm @ 4000 rpm, and 155 ps @ 6500 rpm and 190 Nm @ 4300 rpm, respectively. The Philippine version will most likely have a Japan-sourced 3.5-liter V6 and skip the 2.0-liter, due to value-based taxation.
The front suspension now features MacPherson struts in place of double wishbones, while the rear retains the multi-link setup. Electric power steering is now standard for better fuel efficiency.
Honda’s new flagship features new tech and safety features like Active Noise Control (cancels exterior noise for better cabin comfort), Collision Mitigation Brake System, LaneWatch Blind Spot Display, and Active Cornering Lights.
Honda Philippines confirmed the debut of the new Accord this year, but officials are still mum on the exact date.