This 10th-generation Accord is set to be launched in Malaysia in the first quarter.
The 10th-generation Accord has a fastback styling. Its new exterior design comes with full LED headlights and taillights. Its wider stance is matched by a lower hood as well as lower and longer roofline for a sportier presence.
The latest Accord also features twin tailpipe chrome finisher and unique Honda 18-inch alloy wheels with resonator to reduce noise.
The new Accord is powered by an enhanced 1.5L VTEC turbocharged engine, which is a first for the flagship model.
It offers maximum power output of 198hp and maximum torque of 260Nm, which is more powerful than a 2.4-litre engine performance (173hp/225Nm). The enhanced turbocharged engine is said to give more efficient power distribution and improved fuel efficiency.
The new Accord comes with the full-suite of Honda SENSING that comprises eight features: Adaptive Cruise Control; Low Speed Follow; Auto High-Beam; Forward Collision Warning; Collision Mitigation Braking System; Lane Keep Assist System; Road Departure Mitigation; and Lane Departure Warning.
The Accord is also equipped with Smart Parking Assist System with Brake Assist (Rear), Multi View Camera System (360° Camera) and Honda LaneWatch.
All variants will come with standard safety features such as six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Emergency Stop Signal, Hill Start Assist, front and rear parking sensors together with multi-angle rearview camera.
"The 10th-generation Accord is equipped with an enhanced turbocharged engine, which places Honda as the only Japanese mass market manufacturer to introduce the powerful engine in D-segment," said Honda Malaysia managing director and chief executive officer Toichi Ishiyama.
The Accord was introduced to the world in 1976 as Honda’s second global model. It is known for its premium appeal and styling that has earned its fame globally. Positioned as an executive sedan in Malaysia, the Accord was first launched in 2001 and became a highly sought-after model with more than 84,100 units sold to-date.
The impending launch of the Accord comes at a time when the facelifted Civic has yet to come to market; it was supposed to arrive last December but was held back to sometime early this year over the delay in government approval for its pricing.
The delay in getting government approval on pricing has caused many car brands to put off launches or issue estimated prices.