Honda Cars India has launched the Accord Hybrid sedan at Rs 37 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The car is a CBU import from Thailand, and hence misses out on Govt incentives. Ex-showroom prices for Bengaluru and Navi Mumbai are Rs 40,57,485 and Rs 40,14,047 respectively. Initially, the car will be available only at select dealerships.
The 9th generation Accord gets full LED headlights with integrated DRLs, and 18 inch wheels on the outside.
The rear end is treated with LEDs and an integrated spoiler on the boot. There are four colours to choose from – White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl.
The interiors are treated with dual-tone black-beige combo, with wood and brushed aluminium accents. Equipment list for the new Accord Hybrid is long. Including 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7.7 inch intelligent Multi Information Display (i-MID), power adjustable front seats with memory for driver’s seat, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, i-Dual Zone automatic climate control with plasma cluster, keyless entry, cruise control, auto-dimming interior rear view mirror, remote engine start, Honda LaneWatch and ANC (Active Noise Cancellation).
The Accord Hybrid is powered by a 2.0 litre petrol engine that is capable of developing 145 hp and 175 Nm of torque. This petrol engine works in combination with two electric motors; one powering the front wheels and the other to the rear. The cumulative power output figure of the Accord Hybrid is 212 hp. Fuel efficiency is claimed at 23.1 km/l.
There are three driving modes to choose from – EV, Hybrid and Engine. In EV mode, the car runs only on the batteries, and can cover only 2 km on pure electric power. The Hybrid mode employs the petrol engine as the generator, which transmits power to the electric motors that in turn drive the wheels. In this mode, the battery too can supply power to the motors, depending on the driving requirements. The Engine driving mode uses only the petrol engine to drive the wheels, as the car functions like a conventional petrol vehicle.