Having just launched the all-new Civic for our market, Honda Malaysia is now gearing up for their next big launch. A reliable third-party source has tipped us off that a facelift of the current ninth-generation Accord is being slated for launch in our market this September.
No further details have been provided and official sources from within Honda Malaysia have not commented directly on the matter. It has been confirmed, however, that the hybrid model available in Thailand will not be offered in Malaysia.
As reported on Carlist.my earlier this year, Honda had already launched the Accord facelift for the Thai market in February, debuting a three-variant range consisting of the 2.0E, 2.0 EL, and 2.4 EL variants. The Accord Hybrid was added to the Thai line-up later on.
Mechanically, we expect the Accord facelift to follow the direction of its Thai counterparts and soldier on with its existing engine-transmission combinations, featuring the 155hp/190Nm R20A and 174hp/225Nm K24W Earth Dreams engines powering the 2.0- and 2.4-litre variants respectively. Both these engines mate with Honda’s tried-and-tested in-house 5-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Based on what we see in the Thai model, we may expect the following updates on the 2016 Accord facelift when it launches in Malaysia:
- LED illumination: headlights, fog lights, and tail lights with three-bar signature.
- Advanced Display Audio infotainment – Apple CarPlay, smartphone MirrorLink
- Engine Remote Start
We may also expect some features such as Honda LaneWatch that is currently exclusive only to the 2.4-litre model to be made available in one or both 2.0-litre variants.
The Accord is currently on sale in Malaysia with a selection of three variants:
- 2.0 VTi: RM141,100
- 2.0 VTi-L: RM152,300
- 2.4 VTi-L: RM178,200
All prices OTR with insurance and GST for individual private registration in Peninsular Malaysia.