The all-new Honda Accord is here! Well, almost. Its Malaysian launch has been teased to be within Q1 2020, and while that isn’t very specific, we therefore know it must be somewhere in the next 6 weeks. Booking is now open.
Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Toichi Ishiyama said: “To further excite the market and the segment, Honda Malaysia is introducing the All-New Accord with class-leading and highly-competitive advanced technology features,"
"The much-anticipated All-New Accord is set to move the yardstick for next generation sedans with its unmatched performance, stylish and premium design as well as cutting-edge technology and safety features.”
Now in its 10th-generation, the all-new Accord was unveiled back in 2017 with the North American market being one of the first to receive the D-segment sedan, which has sprouted a dramatically sleeker ‘liftback’ profile and sloping roofline.
Closer to home, the car made its ASEAN debut in Thailand in early 2019 followed by Indonesia, Singapore, and even Vietnam later that year. Now that we’re nearing its much awaited local launch, at least we no longer have to glance enviously at our Southeast Asian neighbours.
Honda Malaysia says that the all-new Accord will be powered by a 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo petrol four-cylinder that delivers 201PS (about 198hp) and 260Nm. It’s a power plant well known to Malaysians as it’s also found in the CR-V and Civic, albeit in a lower state of tune.
The company says the smaller displacement motor is gutsier than the naturally aspirated 2.4-litre unit used previously while improving on fuel efficiency and power distribution. In other regions, only the more powerful 2.0-litre turbo option (essentially a detuned FK8 Civic Type R engine) is fitted with a 10-speed automatic, leading us to believe that the incoming Malaysia-spec Accord will use an Earth Dreams CVT, a transmission not unlike the unit fitted to the aforementioned Civic and CR-V.
Not much is yet known about the rest of the next Accord’s set of features, but headlining the equipment list is the newest Honda Sensing safety suite which includes Collision Mitigation Braking, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Keep Assist, among others.
Additionally, each Accord will also be fitted with the Multi View Camera System that gives the driver a 360-degree view of the car’s surroundings, full LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
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