With the BR-V done and dusted, Honda’s next product in India is set to be a premium sedan which we have seen in a previous iteration, called as the Accord. The ninth generation of the Accord was showcased at the Auto Expo in February this year and the car is set to be re-launched in India in the coming months. An uncamouflaged unit of the car was recently spotted by a TeamBHP reader in Gurgaon.
Although discontinued in India towards the fag end of 2013, the Accord now has the potential to become a seller thanks to the possibility of a hybrid drivetrain. With growing concerns about pollution, hybrids have been getting their fair share of incentives from the government (although we still have a long way to go). However, a petrol variant is also expected to be offered.
The report adds that the unit spotted was a petrol only variant which is powered by a 2.4 litre four pot i-VTEC mill churning out 185 bhp of power and 247 Nm of torque. The other engine in line for India is expected to be a 2.0 litre petrol mill mated with an electric motor. This one churns out 195.8 bhp of maximum power and 306 Nm of peak torque. A more powerful 3.5 litre V6 mill is also available internationally but we do not expect Honda to bring it to India.
The car has visually changed a lot since its last outing in India. Competing against the likes of the Toyota Camry, Skoda Superb and the soon to be updated Volkswagen Passat, the Honda Accord has the possibility of hitting the roads in India during the festive season.