It’s taken some time but it’s finally here (almost)! The 10th generation of the Honda Accord will hit local showrooms in December. The all-new Accord first broke cover in mid-2017 for the North American market.
All-new from the ground up and constructed on a new platform, the Accord will mostly likely be offered here with two powertrain options in addition to the Honda Sensing safety suite.
In ‘base’ guise, the 2020 Honda Accord should be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre VTEC four-cylinder engine (with dual Variable Timing Control) that pumps out 140kW and 260Nm of torque. This direct-injection L-series mill is also found in certain variants of the current Civic and CR-V models.
Moving on from the base variant, the Accord is also offered with an electrified option. In this case, a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle engine paired to two electric motors as part of the brand’s third-generation Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system. The total system output is rated at 158kW and 315Nm.
Both engine options will be mated to CVT transmissions. However, it appears that the 2.0-litre turbo VTEC and 10-speed automatic pairing which replaces the 3.5-litre V6 lump in North America will not be coming here. Only time will tell.
While details on equipment levels and pricing are nonexistent at time of press, it’s possible certain variants of the new Accord will receive adaptive magnetic dampers and the Honda Sensing safety suite as standard. The suite will likely include Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Auto High Beam Headlights and Blind Spot Information.
Honda Australia Director, Mr. Stephen Collins said: “With the exception of NSX, this is the first hybrid in our local line-up since 2016 and understandably the Australian market and consumer preferences have evolved in that time, so it’s great to be able to give Honda customers that option once again.”
He then added: “…while we don’t have large volumes in mind for this car, it is certainly one that is important to the Honda line-up.”
Watch this space for more new updates on the 2020 Honda Accord.