After a long wait, Honda has finally brought back the Accord to India. Discontinued in 2013 due to low sales, the premium sedan is here in a new avatar and with eco-friendly powertrains. The price tag of Rs 37 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the new Honda Accord Hybrid is on the higher side but more on that later on. Let’s have a look at what the car has in store for us.
Powering the Accord Hybrid is a 2.0 litre i-VTEC Atkinson cycle engine churning out 145 PS of power at 6,200 rpm and 175 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The electric drive motor churns out 184 PS of power and 315 Nm of torque. The combined output stands at 215 PS of power and the fuel economy is a handsome 23.1 kmpl. You get to drive the car in three modes, electric, hybrid and petrol only.
The premium sedan gets several interesting features which include:
- LED fog lamps
- Automatic LED headlamp with integrated LED daytime running lights
- One touch sunroof
- Rain sensing wipers
- Remote engine start
- 8-way power adjust driver seat
- Rear aircon vents
- i-Dual zone automatic climate control with plasma cluster
Honda has also not disappointed in terms of safety features. Apart from 6 airbags, ABS, EBD and traction control, the car gets vehicle stability assist, hill start assist, Honda lane watch, emergency stop signal and active cornering light. You also get front and rear parking sensors, multi-angle rearview camera, auto-dimmingRVM and hydrophilic ORVMs.
The new Accord Hybrid measures 4,933 mm in length, 1,849 mm in width and 1,464 mm in terms of overall height. The wheelbase stands at 2,776 mm. The five seater premium sedan gets a 60 litre fuel tank and weighs 1,620 kg (kerb).
Imported via the Completely Built Unit (CBU) from Thailand the new Honda Accord Hybrid can be booked at any dealership in India. Deliveries though will be only via a select dealer network. The car will be available in 4 paint schemes:
- Modern Steel (metallic)
- Lunar Silver (metallic)
- White Orchid Pearl
- Crystal Black Pearl
Now here’s the touchy part. The flagship sedan for Honda in India, the Accord Hybrid is priced at Rs 37 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). In comparison, the Toyota Camry Hybrid has a sticker price of Rs 30.9 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Well, one reason is that being a CKD, the Toyota gets several subsidies including the FAME scheme. The Honda Accord Hybrid, on the other hand, gets no benefits thanks to it being a CBU.