Honda today announced a mild makeover for its European market Accord sedan and Tourer models, which are basically the same cars as the North American Acura TSX. For the new model year, the Accord receives some styling tweaks along with a revised 4-pot diesel and improved ride and handling.
On the outside, only a trained eye will notice the redesigned front grille with additional chrome elements, the headlights with clear finish indicators and the new front bumper. Other changes include the red finish for the reversing light, the addition of a decorative chrome strip above the license plate and the introduction of three new colors - Alabaster Silver, Graphite Luster.
Inside, new seat materials and door linings improve the ambiance, while Honda also added a metal-look finish trim on the steering wheel, gear level, hand brake, door inlays and the dashboard. The Type S models get exclusive textile-leather seats finished in dark grey, black head lining and red footwell lighting (blue for the rest of the range).
On the technical side, engineers worked their magic on the 150HP 2.2-liter i-DTEC 4-cylinder diesel engine, reducing internal frictional losses for improved fuel economy and emissions. No consumption figures have been released, but the automaker states that the sedan with 6-speed manual gearbox registered a 9 g/km drop in CO2 emissions, while the automatic an 11 g/km decrease. Aerodynamic underbody aids, low friction wheel bearings and reduced rolling resistance tires further improve the Accord’s economy.
To improve handling, the Japanese firm's engineers worked with their German and British counterparts to refine the damper setup.
Additionally, the cabin has been made quieter, thanks to better noise insulation combined with a thicker rear window glass, while the range-topping Accords can be specified with Active Cornering Lights and High-Beam Support System. The latter detects oncoming traffic (or the tail lamps of a vehicle in front) and automatically reverts from high-beam to normal setting, allowing for more relaxed night-time driving.
The revised Accord will receive its public debut at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show and go on sale across Europe in April.
By Csaba Daradics