The ninth generation Honda Accord is receiving a mid-life facelift for next year, which would be launched in the USA first later this year. After phasing out the petrol sedan late in 2013, Honda Car India has confirmed – according to a report on Autocar India – that the Honda Accord will make its way to India.
Facelifted Honda Accord
Exterior changes include new front and rear bumpers, a larger single bar chrome grille housing the ‘H’ badge, new LED headlamps, bootlid-integrated spoiler, and chrome highlights for the bootlid and bumper.
On the engine lineup, the Accord for North America will get powertrain updates switching to the updated Pilot Sourced 3.5-liter V6 engine with direct injection technology and a new 9-speed automatic transmission. Also on the cards is the inclusion of Honda’s new 1.5 litre turbocharged VTEC four-cylinder, which will debut in the US under the hood of thetenth-generation Honda Civic
Last year, we heard from an official source that the car would be introduced during the current financial year and another report placed its launch during the 2016 Auto Expo.
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While the report quotes Honda Car India’s new president Mr Katsushi Inoue as saying that the two models are lined up for India, it also speculates that the launch will be in 2016. The Accord will compete against the Toyota Camry and the Skoda Superb. Honda’s pricing is crucial here, as just past the high-end of the bracket are the tempting German offerings Mercedes CLA and the Audi A3.
The Honda Accord is retailed globally with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder direct-injected engine that makes a healthy 185 hp, mated to a CVT box or a six-speed manual gearbox. The Accord Hybrid was showcased in India for the first time at the 2014 Auto Expo. At the time, it was shown with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine linked to a 124 kW electric motor. In total, the Accord Hybrid produces 196 hp, and offers three driving modes. It is paired to an E-CVT gearbox.
Going by the report, the Accord Hybrid will come a few months after the petrol version, and another media claim was that the car would launch at the Auto Expo 2016. Earlier, few weeks ago, spy shots revealed visually updated Honda Accord popped on the web from the USA, with American media reports claiming that the facelift could be brought to the market in late 2014. We expect Honda Car India to import whichever is the latest model at the time of the relaunch.