Both the Civic and Accord are now fitted with 1.5-litre turbocharged engines and the full suite of Honda Sensing safety technologies which includes automatic braking and Lane Keep Assist.
CIVIC: WHAT'S NEW
The company aims to sell 1,000 Civic units each month, and prices are RM113,600 (1.8-litre S variant); RM129,600 (1.5-litre TC variant) and RM139,600 (1.5-litre flagship TC-P variant). They are RM5,435, RM8,745 and RM10,969 more expensive than before.
Both the Civic and Accord are covered by a five-year unlimited-mileage warranty with five free labour service are limited to within 100,000km or five years.
The new Civic is billed as offering class-leading advanced features in safety, style and comfort, and comes with Honda LaneWatch camera-based safety technology which reduces the blind spot for drivers when changing lanes. It was supposed to be launched last December but was held back to today over a delay in getting approval for the model pricing.
The new Accord uses the same 1.5-litre turbocharged engine as in the Civic, only it plays to higher tune with 201PS at 5,500rpm and 260Nm of torque from 1,600 to 5,000rpm on tap over its previous 2.4-litre engine with 173hp and 225Nm.
Honda Malaysia is targetting monthly sales of 200 units for the 10th-generation Accord flagship executive sedan, priced at RM185,900 (1.5-litre TC variant) and RM195,900 (1.5-litre TC-P variant). The previous 2.4-litre Accord was selling for RM169,800.
Power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) - now with Econ and Sport driving modes, and allows it to sprint from 0 to 100kph in 9.0 seconds for the 1.5 TC and 9.1 seconds for the 1.5 TC-P before reaching a top speed of 190kph.
There are four colour options for choice, which includes Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and a new Platinum White Pearl (RM400 option)
In terms of dimensions, the new Accord - with a 2,830mm wheelbase (+55mm), measures in at 4,901mm-long (-34mm), 1,862mm-wide (+12mm) and 1,450mm-tall (-15mm). This brings its centre of gravity down by 10mm compared to its predecessor.
As standard, the Accord rolls on 17 (1.5TC) and 18-inch (1.5TC-P) alloys with 225/50 and 235/45 series tyres respectively as well as LEDs for its headlights, daytime running lights, rear light clusters and fog lamps.
Also included are leather upholstery, keyless entry with push-start button and remote engine start as well as a multi-angle reverse camera system, dual-zone climate controls, rear vents, 7.0-inch digital display within the instrument cluster.
Notable mentions for the cabin include leather upholstery, powered front seats (eight-way driver's seat with memory and four-way for passenger) as well as a 10-speaker (with subwoofer) sound system with 8.0-inch (+1.0-inch) colour touchscreen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
For safety, the Accord comes fitted with the usual slew of six airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist and agile handing assist.
The 1.5 TC-P gets added with Honda Sensing's suite of safety and driver-assist systems that include lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist system, road departure mitigation, collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control, low speed follow function (new), LaneWatch 360-degree camera system, cross-traffic monitor, smart parking assist system with rear brake assist and tyre deflation warning.
For added personalisation options, the Accord can be had with a Modulo Package (RM5,414) which comes with a body kit that includes a front lip, side skirts, rear diffuser and a boot spoiler as well as a front digital video recorder (RM749) and 3M or Ecotint window tint options (RM1,478 to RM2,293).
An Urban Package (RM2,777) is also available and includes items such as door visors, illuminated side steps and a rear bumper under garnish. The Utility Package (RM865) adds on a boot tray, boot organiser, a windscreen sunshade and car cover) while the Protection Package (RM3,007) throws in wheel lock nuts, a glass body coating and window coating.
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