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2016 Honda Accord Facelift Launched in Thailand; Hybrid Version to Follow

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Kon February 18, 2016 17:35

A facelift version of the current-generation Honda Accord makes its first ASEAN appearance in Thailand, incorporating nifty updates for the well-received D-segment sedan that has been with us since 2013.

Virtually identical in appearance to the North American Accord that debuted State-side last August, the Thai-spec model foreshadows a similar update that we are expecting to hit our shores within this year.

In keeping with current trends, the facelifted Accord embraces full-on LED illumination – headlights, fog lights, daytime running lights, and tail lights. The redesigned tail lamps light up with a distinctive three-bar visual signature. The nose also receives a new grille design that is more chrome-intensive.

 

Inside, the existing cabin’s basic architecture is maintained but enhanced with a choice between wood grain and piano black inserts. A new Advanced Display Audi (A-DA) infotainment system features Apple CarPlay connectivity and smartphone MirrorLink function.

A notable addition to the kit count that would be in the wish list of many Malaysian buyers would be Engine Remote Start – a useful feature that can start the engine and activate air-conditioning remotely to cool the cabin before getting on board in a hot day.

Safety is covered by the fitment of six airbags and all-round visibility is enhanced by tools such as Honda LaneWatch, Active Cornering Lights, and Multi-angle Rearview Camera offering three viewing perspectives.

Under the hood, Honda’s familiar pair of 2.0- and 2.4-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC engines continue their service in conjunction with Honda’s in-house developed 5-speed automatic transmission. Thai market vehicles are E85 compatible. Outputs are unchanged from current levels; 155hp/190Nm from the 2.0, 174hp/225Nm from the 2.4.

Mirroring the model mix offered in our market, the Thai-spec Accord is available in three variants:
- 2.0 E: THB 1,385,000
- 2.0 EL: THB 1,445,000
- 2.4 EL: THB 1,635,000

The above three variants will be joined in short order by a hybrid variant. The pre-facelift Accord was already offered in Thailand with a hybrid variant powered by Honda’s Sport Hybrid setup combined with a 2.0-litre DOHC Atkinson cycle engine to offer a net system output of 169hp and 307Nm.

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Prefering his cars to come with four disc brakes, independent rear suspension, and manual transmission, Kon prioritizes mechanical sophistication over outward appeal. Admires cars built to exceed the sum of their parts and appreciates vehicles engineered with integrity.

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