The midsize sedan market in the Philippines may not as been as big as before, but there are still those that swear by big four-doors.
Toyota Motor Philippines was the first out of the gate in 2019 when they revealed the all-new Camry. It was then followed by Mazda who launched a turbocharged SkyActiv version of their sedan last month, along with the Sports Wagon variant.
Now, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. is getting ready to join the midsize sedan segment once more with the 2020 Accord. First launched in the US, the tenth-generation Accord officially made its debut in the ASEAN region last March during the 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show. The new Accord adopts a sleeker look inside and out and is now available with a turbocharged heart.
Borrowing styling cues from the all-new Civic, the Accord's 'Solid Wing Face' design has been updated and now has a bolder look than before. New LED headlights, as well as a sportier front bumper design give the midsize sedan a complete makeover. Then there's its coupe-like shape that give the Accord its long hood, short deck profile, and a pair of eye-catching C-shaped taillights.
Like the exterior, the cabin of the 2020 Accord also gets a makeover for the full model change. It now comes with a new wraparound dashboard, a new floating touchscreen infotainment, and a three-spoke steering wheel complete with media / cruise control buttons and paddle shifters. Other new additions inside the all-new sedan (for foreign markets) include wireless phone charging system on the center console, an updated automatic climate control panel, a revised center console and new leather upholstery
Under the hood, expect the PH-spec Accord to have the same 1.5-liter turbocharged engine as the one in Thailand. That means it could have 190 PS along with 243 Nm of torque. An Earth Dreams-developed CVT may be the sole transmission available for the new midsize sedan. There are also the 2.0-liter hybrid and turbocharged (derived from the Civic Type R) versions available but we're not so sure of its availability here.
Once the all-new Accord arrives in the Philippines, it may come specified with Honda Sensing. That means driver aids like collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, lane-keep assist, road departure warning, as well as automatic high beam function can come available for the 2020 Accord.
No exact pricing / specifications are available just yet, but by our estimates, the 2020 Accord could be priced between Php 1.8 – 2.2 million, give or take.