The 2019 Honda Accord has been launched in Thailand. The tenth-generation Accord ditches the 2.0L and 2.4L naturally aspirated engines from the previous generation for a 1.5 litre turbo engine and a 2.0 litre hybrid version. Similarly, the old car’s five-speed torque converter auto is no more – the range is now CVT-only. There’s no base NA variant.
The 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine, as used in the Civic and CR-V, puts out 190 PS and 243 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 5,500 rpm in this application. This is essentially the “CR-V tune” of the engine, which is stronger than the 173 PS/220 Nm in the Civic.
The new Accord Hybrid with the Sport Hybrid i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) system combines a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated i-VTEC engine with two electric motors. The Atkinson cycle ICE makes 145 hp/175 Nm, while the pair of e-motors make 184 hp/315 Nm. Total system output is 215 hp, delivered by a CVT auto. The more compact lithium-ion battery pack slots under the rear floor, as opposed to in the previous car’s boot.
The new 2019 Accord won’t be mistaken for the old one, as it boasts a fresh new look with a sweeping roofline. At 4,920 mm long and 1,860 mm wide, the new sedan is 10 mm shorter and 10 mm wider than before. That roofline sits 15 mm lower than before, while the 2,830 mm wheelbase is a significant 55 mm longer. The centre of gravity is 10 mm lower than before.
The Accord Turbo EL, which is the new entry level variant, comes with 225/50 R17 rubber, whereas the Hybrid rolls on 18-inch wheels with 235/45 tyres.
As Honda’s flagship sedan in these parts, the Accord Hybrid will come with the full Honda Sensing suite of safety features, including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow.
As for equipment highlights, the new Accord is available with goodies such as a head-up display (HUD), seven-inch TFT multi-info display and wireless charging. Three variants are available in Thailand – the Turbo EL for 1.5 million baht (RM192,844), the Hybrid for 1.65 million baht (RM212,129) and the Hybrid Tech for another 150k baht (RM19,282) extra.
The Hybrid Tech comes with all the bells and whistles, including a sunroof, exterior door lighting, a rear spoiler, red or black leather seats (depending on the chosen exterior colour), HUD, four-point front parking sensors, rear parking assist with four sensors, 360-degree parking camera, cross traffic monitor and Honda Smart Parking Assist System with auto parallel and perpendicular parking.
In Thailand, the Accord Hybrid goes up against the Toyota Camry Hybrid, which is priced from 1.639 to 1.799 million baht (RM210,659 to RM231,223). What do you think of the new Accord’s looks and powertrain options?