Text: Aurick Go / Photos: Honda | posted May 17, 2016 15:30
The executive sedan receives a refresh
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) announces a major refresh for its executive sedan. The New Accord comes with various changes that will allow for a sportier and bolder look, sophisticated and premium finish, and dynamic driving performance.
For its exterior the New Accord’s front-end becomes more prominent through several minor changes. Changes such as a sharply creased and contoured hood and a pronounced front grille allow for a more striking impression of the front fascia. Complementing its defined features, the Accord also comes with a slightly revised version of Honda’s Signature LED Lighting; A light array that includes full LED headlights, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Active Cornering Light and LED Multi-Projector fog lights.
The rear also gets its fair share of changes with a new bumper and an LED guide tail lamp design. The Accord’s footwork gets changes in the form of new alloy wheels, with the 3.5 V6 variant getting 18-inch wheels while the 2.4 variant gets 17-inch wheels.
The interior for the new Accord carries pretty much all its features over from the pre-facelift model apart from new piano black trimming. The Accord’s infotainment retains the dual screen set-up, but in order to allow for more versatility and utility the top screen or the multi-display can now show several information simultaneously such as trip computer, audio and compass.
The bottom screen on the other hand has been updated with Honda’s new advanced 7-inch touch screen display audio with navigation, a feature that comes standard for both variants. These screens work hand-in-hand to operate the hands-free telephone function and audio streaming via Bluetooth connectivity.
For the powertrain, Honda retains the 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine on the Accord, a motor capable of producing 281 PS at 6,200 rpm. The 3.5-liter V6 is still fitted with Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) and is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters for enhanced fuel economy. The 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder model on the other hand, offers 175PS at 6,200 rpm and comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission also with paddle shifters. For the New Accord, both variants are now equipped with cruise control and a Remote Engine Start Function that conveniently starts the vehicle engine and turn on its Dual-Zone Climate Control System from the outside, thereby allowing the cabin to cool even before entering the vehicle.
In terms of safety, six airbags are now standard in both variants of the New Accord to ensure utmost safety of its customers. The LaneWatch Technology has been included in the New Accord’s comprehensive safety features. LaneWatch technology helps improve the visibility of the driver’s blind spot, and the feature can be activated by engaging the right turn signal or by pressing theLaneWatch button on the turn signal switch to view a constant real-time display on the vehicle’s display.
The New Accord’s wide array of passive and safety features include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), multi-view reverse camera, front and rear sensors, andEmergency Stop Signal (ESS).
The New Accord will be available from May 17, 2016 at all Honda car dealerships nationwide with the following suggested retail prices:
2.4 S Navi (5-speed AT with Paddle Shifters) Php 1,788,000
3.5 SV Navi (6-speed AT with Paddle Shifters) Php 2,288,000