Honda Cars India has today re-entered the premium sedan segment with the launch the new Accord Hybrid in India, carrying a sticker tag of Rs 37 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The Honda Accord was sold in India for more than a decade earlier and has been the choice of spirited drivers. After discontinuing the model in 2013 due to less demand, the Japanese manufacturer has now re-introduced the Accord in the Hybrid avatar. Available only in the Hybrid version, the car has been brought to India via the CBU route.
The new Accord Hybrid still follows the profile of the previous generation models but with a fresh and modern appeal. It gets sleek all-LED headlights that accentuating the wide stance of the car. The fog lamps are also LED and sit just below the headlights. The car sports 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels that complement the sharp yet elegant lines of the saloon. At the rear, the tail lights also receive the LED treatment, with chrome highlights completing the look.
Inside, the Accord Hybrid is loaded with tech and features. Two screens adorn on the center-console as they split duties to display navigation, rear camera and infotainment user interface. The car comes with blind-spot detection and other goodies such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery and electric seats make the list.
The premium sedan is powered by a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine that is capable of producing 145PS of power and 175Nm of peak torque. The engine is coupled to an 1.3 kWh electric motor that provides a combined power output of 215PS, which is pretty impressive. Transmission duties are handled by an e-CVT gearbox that comes with three driving modes, namely EV Mode, ECON Mode and Sport Mode. On the efficiency front, Honda claims the Accord Hybrid is capable of returning a fuel efficiency of 23.1 kmpl.
The new Accord Hybrid is available with a choice of four colour options – Orchid White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and Lunar Silver Metallic. In its segment, the Honda Accord Hybrid faces direct competition from the Toyota Camry Hybrid and also from the Skoda Superb and the upcoming Volkswagen Passat GTE.
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