The first official info and photos of the European version of the new Honda Accord, which is destined for South Africa, have been released.
Honda will unveil the Accord range, which include sedan and estate derivatives at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Honda hopes that the new Accord will be a viable alternative to sport sedans such as the new Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The latest Accord's design closely follows that of the Frankfurt Motor Show's Accord Tourer Concept. Also, the design of the Accord seems more evolutionary when compared to the outgoing model. However, it has a sharp-edged look with a lower and wider stance.
Of course it is bigger than before too boosting interior space and comfort. The interior styling is apparently a showcase of quality and style. The dash has floating backlit instruments with an LCD multifunction menu display.
Furthermore it comes with revised petrol engines and a new diesel, much-modified suspension and improved safety features.
Under the Accord's bonnet is Honda's new second-generation diesel, the i-DTEC, offering 110kW and 350Nm. It is more powerful than before and also uses a special particulate filter to keep emissions low.
Other engine options include the familiar 2.0-litre petrol engine, but with improved fuel economy. Then there is the 2.4-litre i-VTEC which now thrusts out about 150kW and 233 Nm of torque.
All three engines are matched to a 6-speed manual transmission, while both petrol engines have the option of a 5-speed automatic.
There is also an armoury of passive and active safety features.
Options include collision-mitigation braking, which monitors the distance to the car in front and alerts the driver if a shunt is imminent or applies the brakes to reduce the effect of an impact.
The Accord can also be speced with lane-keeping assist helping the driver to stay in lane as well as adaptive cruise control.
The Accord sedan will go on sale in South Africa in the second half of 2008.