The Honda Accord Hybrid was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. We revealed earlier that it is one of the five hybrid cars that wouldbe launched in India this year. Our sources have told us that the new Accord Hybrid will be launched in India on October 25, 2016. Honda dealers in Mumbai are currently accepting bookings for an amount of Rs 2 lakh. The Honda Accord Hybrid is expected to be priced around Rs 30 lakh.
The new Honda Accord Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and a 1.3kW Li-ion battery pack. The petrol engine is good for 140PS while the combined output of both the petrol and electric motors is 215PS. The Accord Hybrid gets a Sport mode which when engaged, utilises both motors while accelerating. The Accord Hybrid claims to deliver an efficiency of 23.8kmpl while emitting 99gm/km of carbon.
The petrol and electric motors come mated to an e-CVT which is faster and more efficient than the conventional CVT, claimsHonda. The Accord Hybrid gets a Sport Hybrid Intelligent Multi Mode Drive (i-MMD) system which offers different driving modes - Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. In the Hybrid Drive mode, the vehicle can attain speeds up to 120kmph.
The Accord Hybrid will come equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, electrically adjustable driver's seat, six airbags andABS with EBD. Honda had launched the Accord in India in 2001 and discontinued it in the early 2014. Once launched, the hybrid will compete against the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in hybrid.