BANGKOK: Honda has launched the new Accord Hybrid in Thailand. It is offered in two variants — the Hybrid at 1,659,000 baht (RM194,000) and Hybrid TECH at 1,849,000 baht (RM216,000).
The car features an advanced hybrid technology called the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD), which Honda says delivers powerful performance with a maximum output of 215hp in full hybrid mode.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre, 16-valve, Atkinson Cycle Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, which is combined with two powerful electric motors, an E-CVT transmission, and an ultra-high 1.3 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that offers better electrical transmission and charging performance, to create a maximum output of 215hp.
The driving mode switches intelligently to match all driving conditions, such as an EV Drive Mode that uses only the electric motors to reach speeds up to 120kph, a Hybrid Drive Mode, and an Engine Drive Mode. For a sportier and more exciting drive, the new Honda Accord Hybrid includes a Sport Drive Mode. By pressing the “sport” button on the center console, Sport Drive Mode uses the battery to help boost the electric motors for better acceleration. The Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) is a full hybrid system that provides power for performance and fuel economy of 23.8 km/L with carbon emissions of only 99 gram/km.
In terms of safety, the new Accord variant comes with six airbags and “Honda SENSING,” which combines a radar and a monocular camera to detect and alert the driver. It also helps control the vehicle when there is a risk of a collision involving pedestrians. The Honda SENSING package features Adaptive Cruise Control system; Collision Mitigation Braking System; Lane Keeping Assist System; and Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning.
LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL); newly-designed blue-frame LED taillights; a Clear Blue accented front grill; rear trunk spoiler; and sporty new alloy wheels give the Accord Hybrid a luxurious yet sporty exterior design.
Inside the cabin, the Accord Hybrid features a range of standard equipment with premium functions. This includes an Engine Remote Start; a touch-screen audio system that supports Apple CarPlay; a Multi-function Steering Wheel with simple fingertip control of the car’s systems; and brown leather seats.
Honda provides a 10-year warranty on the battery and a 5-year warranty on the entire hybrid system with no limit on mileage. Honda is also offering a Privilege Package to extend the warranty period for Ultimate Care for an additional two years or 40,000km, which means total coverage of five years or 140,000km and free maintenance (labour/parts/check up) for five years or 100,000km for customers who buy a Accord Hybrid from now until Aug 31.
The Accord Hybrid is available in a choice of four colours: Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, and Crystal Black Pearl. The interior is available in three colours: ivory, black, and the new brown colour.