Honda Malaysia has launched its flagship executive sedan – the all-new 10th generation Honda Accord, this time with a turbo engine, premium features and driving assistance. There are two variants available in Malaysia i.e. the 1.5 TC and 1.5 TC-P.
Both variants of the all-new Accord are fitted with an enhanced 1.5L VTEC turbocharged engine, making this the first of the Japanese mass market brands to offer a turbocharged petrol engine in the D-segment. The 1.5L turbo engine has an output of 201 PS and 260 Nm of torque making it more powerful than a 2.4L naturally aspirated one. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) helps transfer the power to the front wheels. This Accord is also certified as an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV).
The new Accord gets a fastback styling with a sweeping roofline to the rear and a long-ish bonnet, a deviation from its traditionally three box body. Size-wise, it is wider and lower but slightly shorter than its predecessor in line with its “Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum” ideal. However, wheelbase has been increased by 55 mm so cabin space is not much of a concern; rear legroom has increased by 48 mm. Like all current Hondas, the Accord comes with a large bar of chrome in front.
According to Honda, it has improved the Accord’s NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) for better comfort and travel ambience. Spray foam is used to provide extra sound insulation and enhance cabin quietness. The application of High-Performance Adhesive (HPA) further improves the structure and rigidity of the body for better durability while also reduces the noise and vibration and improves ride and handling.
An added exterior feature that is unique is the 18″ alloy wheels which is fitted with a resonator to reduce tyre noise (only for the TC-P variant).
Also new in a Honda vehicle in Malaysia are the 4-way adjustable powered seat with Shoulder Switch, and wireless charging which is integrated into the centre console. The driver’s seat also includes a memory function while the Driver Attention Monitor monitors and alerts the driver when it detects a diversion of the driver’s attention. Other features include 8″ Advanced Display Audio at the centre console, 7″ Interactive Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Meter Cluster, Walk Away Auto Lock, Remote Engine Start.
The higher TC-P variant Accord gets the full suite of Honda SENSING that includes Low Speed Follow (LSF), Auto High-Beam (AHB), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
The TC-P also comes with Smart Parking Assist System with Brake Assist (Rear) that recognises the border line of the parking space and assists the driver with automatic steering, screen display, voice guidance and auto braking when an obstacle is detected, as well as a Multi-view Camera System (360° Camera) that displays the car’s surroundings, and Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM) that uses radar sensors to monitor the rear corner of the car when reversing.
These new features add to the existing safety features such as Honda LaneWatch that enhances the side view while reducing the blind spots. Standard safety features include six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Start Assist (HSA), front and rear parking sensors with Multi-angle Rearview Camera, and Rear Seat ISOFIX anchors.
Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Toichi Ishiyama said, “The Accord has 44 years of history since its debut in 1976 with nine full model changes. The Accord has always been very well accepted by Malaysians, with encouraging sales recorded for the previous generations. To-date, there are more than 84,100 units of Accord on Malaysian roads. Each generation of the Accord continues to shine by setting higher benchmark in styling, technology and advanced features in an executive sedan.”
“We are very honoured with the huge support for the Accord from Malaysians over the years. It drives us to continue to offer products that are able to fulfil our customers’ needs and set a new standard in the industry. This All-New Accord being launched today continues to meet customers’ demands with more sophistication and premium features,” Mr. Ishiyama added.
The 2020 Honda Accord is priced at RM185,900 for the 1.5 TC variant and RM195,900 for the 1.5 TC-P variant. The prices are on-the-road without insurance and include a five year unlimited mileage warranty with five times free labour service (five years or 100,000 km, whichever comes first). Body colour options are Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and a brand new Platinum White Pearl.