Honda's revised version of its Accord saloon and estate, which have been shown at the Geneva motor show, comes complete with subtly tweaked styling, chassis tweaks and improved economy and CO2 emissions.
A reduction in internal friction losses of the Accord’s 2.2-litre i-DTEC diesel unit result in a 9g/km CO2 reduction to 138g/km for manual-equipped saloons, an 11g/km reduction to 159g/km for auto-equipped saloons and a 10g/km reduction to 143g/km to manual-equipped estates.
Power and torque in the engine remains unchanged at 148bhp and 258lb ft. Aerodynamic revisions and improvements to the 2.0 i-VTEC petrol in the manual saloon also help that car achieve a CO2 figure of 159g/km, down 9g/km. These changes drop it, along with the auto-equipped 2.2 diesel saloon, below the important 160g/km Write Down Allowance threshold for the first time.
Honda engineers from Japan have also worked with those in Germany and the UK to improve the refinement levels of the Accord. Their input has resulted in changes including the addition of higher density foam under the bonnet and dashboard areas to improve NVH levels and boost refinement.
The Accord range gets new headlights, a new ‘sportier’ grille, re-profiled cooling ducts and fog lights and a new bumper at the front, while the rear also sports a new bumper, a new finish for the lights and chrome trim above the number plate for saloon models.
New 17-inch alloys are offered on ES and ES-GT models, while three new colours – Alabaster Silver, Graphite Lustre metallic and Celestrial Blue Pearl – are also added to the options list.
Interior changes include new dark silver panels and a bright silver finish for the door handles and handbrake. New seat materials and door linings are offered on ES models and the ES, as well as the EX, also gets illuminated blue footwells.
New technology added to the range includes Active Cornering Lights and High Beam Support system for bi-xenon-equipped Accords.
Sales will start in the UK in July.