Honda has unveiled the 2018 Accord, and like every new car from the company, it boasts better technology when compared to its predecessor. New features on offer include two direct injected turbocharged engines, Honda s two motor hybrid powertrain, tons of safety features, connected car technologies, and driver assist options. Not to forget, the silhouette looks stunning this time, all thanks to the cascading front end that is adorned with 9-lamp LED headlamps. Also Read - Car makers Hyundai, Kia invest $300 million in Ola
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2018 Honda Accord does away with the dual-screen setup seen on existing models to keep the cabin clutter-free, and gets a tab-like 8-inch touchscreen TFT infotainment system. This complements the ultra slim 7-inch driver s instrument cluster. Centrally mounted unit gets physical volume adjustment knobs, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay connectivity with HondaLink telematics capabilities, which offer roadside assistance, remote engine start, remote engine diagnostics, stolen vehicle tracking, geofencing, speed tracker, and lot more. Also Read - Toyota India plans to hike vehicle prices next month
The driver HUD sprays a 6-inch field of view upon the windshield which shows pre-selected information comprising of speed, engine rpm, turn-by-turn navigation, and traffic sign recognition. Connectivity options include NFC, wireless device charging, 4G in-car WI-FI. Audio output is available in four, eight and 10 speakers setup, which deliver 160w to 450w max output.
Insight into performance
2018 Honda Accord will be available in an option of a 1.5-litre, turbocharged engine which delivers 192hp of power with 260Nm of peak torque and is available with either a CVT or 6-speed manual. The more powerful option is the 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, which is mated to a revolutionary 10-speed automatic gearbox with an option of 6-speed manual as well. The 252hp power and 370Nm torque unit has a lot in common with the Civic Type R. The third engine is the hybrid with 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol unit which is mated to Honda s two motor powertrain. DON’T MISS: Forget Tesla, here are 6 green cars that you can buy in India right now
Honda s safety net makes sure that all the bases are covered to keep the passengers safe in an event of collision. It gets Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System and Traffic Sign Recognition, which is on top of the regular safety equipments like airbags, ABS, EBD, parking sensors and driver awareness monitor.
India launch of the 2018 Accord looks very dicey as the current Accord Hybrid on sale has an exceptionally high price tag of Rs 43.53 lakh (ex-showroom). As far as latest reports go, it found only a single customer in the month of April 2017 (SIAM sales report). ALSO READ: Honda Amaze Privilege edition launched in India, prices start from Rs 6.49 lakh